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MINUTES 



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39th ANNUAL SESSION 



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ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 



of the 



Original Free Will Baptists 



convening with 



The Eastside Free Will Baptist Church 



AT RED SPRINGS, N. C. 



October 9th, 10th, "1947 



Free Will Baptist Press, Ayden, N. C. 



MINUTES 

of the 

39th ANNUAL SESSION 

of the 

ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 

of the 

Original Free Will Baptists 

convening with 

The Eastside Free Will Baptist Church 

AT RED SPRINGS, N. C. 

October 9th, 10th, 1947 

LIST OF MINISTERS AND THEIR ADDRESSES 

M. L. Baxley Red Springs, N. C. 

A. J. Pearson St. Pauls, N. C. 

C. W. Bennett St. Pauls, N. C. 

J. H. Galloway Lumberton, N. C. 

Steve English Mills Rural Station, Rockingham, N. C. 

R. L. Clark Hamlet, N. C. 

H. S. Clark Laurinburg, N. C. 

G. W. Huestas Patrick, S. C. 

L. C. Coats Cheraw, S. C. 



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Proc e_£. dings 

Opened session with song by congregation "There Shall Be Showers of 
Blessings." Devotion was conducted by Rev. C. W. Bennett, read from chap- 
ter 4 of Hebrews. Song by congregation: "The Lily of the Valley." 

APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES 

Sabbath School — Brother Pat Hodge, Brother Rudolph Baxley, Rev. 
Steve English, chairman. 

Orphanage — Sister Ruth Hodges, Sister Galloway, Rev. H. S. Clark, 
chairman. 

Education— Rev. R. N. Hinnant, Rev. J. W. Stanley, Rev. J. H. Gallo- 
way, chairman. 

Missions — Sister Belle Carver, Brother J. W. McLain, Rev. C. W. Ben- 
nett, chairman. 

ROLL CALL OF MINISTERS 

M. L. Baxley, present; A. J. Pearson, present; C. W. Bennett, present; 
J. H. Galloway, present; Steve English, present; R. L. Clark, present; H. S. 
Clark, present; G. W. Heustas, present; L. C. Coats, absent. 

Visiting ministers: Rev. R. N. Hinnant, Western Association; Rev. J. 
W. Stanley, Delegate from the Cape Fear Conference. 

Song by congregation — "At the Cross." 

Dismissed for recess by Rev. Stanley. 

ELEVEN O'CLOCK SERVICE 

Song by congregation — "I Am Bound for the Promised Land." Prayer 
by Brother Wm. Edwards. Song: "The Gloryland Way." Sermon by Rev. 
R. N. Hinnant taken from 1st chapter of Romans, 16th verse; Subject: "The 
Preaching of the Gospel of Christ." 

Song — "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus." 

Adjourned for lunch. 

Dismissed by Rev. Bennett. 

1:00 P. M. 

Song: "Lift Him Up." 

Devotional by Rev. J. H. Galloway. Prayer by Bro. Pat Hodge. 

BUSINESS PERIOD 

It was moved and carried that we, the Rockfish Association, change our 
name to the Rockfish Conference. 

It was moved and carried that we, the Rockfish Conference, make up a 
collection to be given to the Eastside F. W. B. Church for building purposes, 
the amount received was $12.15. 

The people of Bethel F. W. B. Church and the people of Bethlehem F. 
W. B. Church requested their representatives to present them to the Rock- 
fish Conference for membership. 



It was moved and carried that we, the Rockfish Conference, receive these 
two churches into our body. 

It was moved and carried that one person of each committee be desig- 
nated as chairman, this will be indicated in our list of committees. 

Rev. M. L. Baxley reports his trip to the State Convention and his first 
meeting with the Board of Directors of the Orphanage Home, after he was 
appointed as a member at the State Convention. 

Brother John Patterson encouraged us to work harder for our Confer- 
ence; he said — since it's birth in 1912, the Rockfish Conference has seen 
much darker hours than now, and he had great hopes for it's future growth 
and survival. 

Adjournment at 3:00 P. M. 
Dismissed by Rev. Stanley. 

EVENING SERVICES 

7:30 P. M. 

Devotional by Rev. C. W. Bennett. Sermon by Rev. McQueen, Pastor of 
the Westside Missionary Baptist Church, Red Springs. 

SECOND DAY 

10:00 A. M. 

Opened with song by congregation "Wonderful Words of Life." Prayer 
by Rev. J. H. Galloway. Song: "I Love My Saviour." Devotional by Rev. 
J. W. Stanley, read from 17th chapter of St. John. 

Reports of Committees: 

EDUCATION REPORT 

We, your Education Committee, see the need of a trained ministry and 
wish to express our desires to see more young preachers attend our Bible 
College in Nashville, Tenn. 

We also ask each and every church to support the said school by our 
prayers and money. 

Your committee, 

R. N. Hinnant 
J. W. Stanley 
J. H. Galloway 

ORPHANAGE REPORT 

We, your Committee for the Orphanage, urge our members of this Con- 

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ference to not forget our children at Middlesex; we ask all of you to desig- 
nate certain weeks or days of the next year for Orphanage collections. 

Your committee, 

Bro. H. S. Clark 
Sister J. H. Galloway 
Sister Ruth Hodges 

MISSION REPORT 

We, your Committee for Missions, beseech you not to forget the pur- 
pose for which our various missions are destined to do; so let's put all the 
effort that we have to the cause. We can find a great deal of Home Mission 
work to do, just look around among us at the sufferers. We urge all of you 
to do your best. 

Your committee, 

C. W. Bennett 
J. W. McLain 
Sister Stella Hodges 

SABBATH SCHOOL REPORT 

We, your Committee for the Sabbath School, advocate a better and larg- 
er Sunday School. Although we have as good a Sunday School as any other 
conference, we urge our teachers and officers to offer a better and more in- 
teresting exercise to our young people so as to encourage their attendance. 

Your committee, 
Steve English 
Rudolph Baxley 

Letter read by the clerk from the Albemarle Conference as follows: 
"To the Rockfish Association now in session — Greetings: 

The Albemarle Conference consisting of nineteen (19) churches located 
in the eastern part of the State send greetings and salutations to your hon- 
orable body. We have enjoyed a most successful session of the conference 
this year and we have included you brethren in our prayers and interest that 
the cause of our church may expand and be carried unto the uttermost parts 
of the earth. 

This message sent by a vote of the conference. 

Rev. W. A. Hales, Moderator 
Rev. R. P. Harris, Secretary 
Kenly, N. C. 



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Recess— 10:50 A. M. 

11:00 A. M. 

Song: "The Gloryland Way." Prayer by Rev. C. W. Bennett. Special 
Song by Charlie and Billy Baxley — "Blessed Jesus Hold My Hand." 



Rev. Steve English introduced Rev. J. A. Evans to the congregation. 

Sermon by Rev. J. A. Evans — Proverbs 29:18. 

An offering was taken up for our orphanage and given directly to the 
Superintendent of the Home, Rev. J. A. Evans. The amount, $16.32. 

Adjourned for lunch. Dismissed by Rev. Huestas. 

1:00 P. M. 

Song— "The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago." 

Devotional by Rev. H. S. Clark, read from Malachi, chapter 4. 

Special songs by Charlie Baxley and group: 1. "When He Reached Down 
His Hand for Me." 2. "The Old Country Church." 3. "Kneel At the Cross." 

Rev. J. A. Evans made a fine talk of our Home and the children. He 
asked us all to do our best for the children. Our Orphanage Home is 27 
years old. 

Called for Church Letters and reported as follows: 

SANDY GROVE— Delegates: Carey Bennett and Sister Myrtle Beasley. 
Members Eeceived 11, Baptized 9, Dismissed 7, Died 2, Total membership 56. 
Condition of Prayer Meeting — Fair. Condition of Sunday School — Good. 
Average No. of Pupils 60, No. of Officers 7, No. of Teachers 4. Paid Pastor 
$91.50. Paid Evangelist $72.85. Home Missions $75.00. Building and Re- 
pairs $800.00. Enclosed for Minutes $5.00. Ministers belonging to our 
church: Rev. C. W. Bennett, Rt. 2, St. Pauls, N. C, and Rev. A. J. Pearson, 
St. Pauls, N. C. Pastor— M. L. Baxley, Red Springs. Mrs. D. B. Thames, 
Clerk. 

MT. MORIAH— Delegates: Mrs. Stella Hodges and Miss Ruth Hodges. 
State of Religion— Very Good. Members Received this year 1, Died 1, Total 
membership 43. Condition of Sunday School— Fair. Average No. of Pupils 
25. No. of Officers 2. No. of Teachers 2. Paid Pastor $161.98. Paid Evan- 
gelist $95.76. Home Missions $11.75. Foreign Missions $13.37. Building 
and Repairs $66.05. For Education $10.00. For Publication $16.25. En- 
closed for Minutes $5.00. Pastor's Name Rev. W. L. Jernigan, Bladenboro, 
N. C. H. P. Hodges, Moderator, Mrs. Mattie Norton, Clerk, Rt. 1, Hamlet, 
N. C. 

ST. JOHN— Delegates: Bros. Early Gainey, J. W. McLain, Jr., and J. 
W. McLain, Sr. State of Religion— Good. Sunday School — Good. No. on 
roll 60. No. baptized 1. Dismissed none. Total membership 87. Paid Pas- 
tor $306.93. Minute Funds $2.50. Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. 
G. W. Huestas, Patrick, S. C, Rev. L. C. Coates, Cheraw, S. C. Pastor, Rev. 
Steve English, Rockingham, N. C. Clerk, Dorothy McLain. 

HICKORY GROVE— Delegates : Sisters Avy Jane Lee and Edna B. 
Blackwell. Minute fund $5.00. State of Religion — Good. Members received 
this year 11. Total membership 30. Condition of Sunday School — Good. 
Average No. of Pupils 15. No. of Officers 3. No. of Teachers 3. Paid Pas- 

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tor $78.37. Paid Orphanage $93.00. Paid Missions $16.30. Paid for lights 
$18.00. Value of Church Property $2500. Minister belonging to our church 
— Rev. M. L. Baxley. Pastor, M. L. Baxley. Clerk, Armaitha Sports, Rt. 1, 
Parkton, N. C. 

BETHEL — Delegates: Sister Galloway, Sister Long and Sister Grims- 
ley. Sent for minutes $2.00. Sunday School — Good. Prayer Meeting — 
Good. New members received 3. Dismissed none. Total membership 11. 
Rev. J. H. Galloway, Pastor, R. F. D., Lumberton, N. C. Clerk, Ovella 
Grimsley. 

BETHLEHEM— Delegates: Bro. Frank Hunt, Bro. Harvey Poison. State 
of Religion — Good. State of Sunday School — Good. Members received 1. 
Members dismissed none. No. on roll 22. Paid Pastor $500.00. Paid Rev. 
R. L. Clark $200.00. Pastor, H. S. Clark. Clerk, Esther Poison, Rt. 2, Box 
43, Patrick, S. C. 

PINEY PLAINS— No report. 

RED SPRINGS— Delegates :Bro. Rudolph Baxley and Bro. Earle Ed- 
wards. No. of members 9. Condition of Sunday School — Good. Average No. 
of pupils 27. No. of officers 5. Paid out for building purposes $600.00. En- 
closed for minutes $4.00. Pastor, M. L. Baxley. Clerk, Rudolph Baxley. 

REPORTS OF MINISTER'S WORK 

Rev. H. S. Clark — Sermons preached 50; miles travelled about 2,000. 
Rev. R. L. Clark — Sermons preached 13; miles travelled about 1,500. 
Rev. J. H. Galloway — Sermons preached 12. Superintended and taught 
in Sunday School and visited the sick. 

Rev. M. L. Baxley — Pastor of three churches. Held various Revival meet- 
ings. Miles travelled about 3,000. Member of the Board of Directors of the 
Orphanage. 

Rev. Steve English — Pastor of St. Johns Church at Patrick, S. C. 

Rev. A. J. Pearson — Pastor of Piney Plains Church. 

Rev. G. W. Huestas— 

Rev. L. C. Coates — 



OFFICERS AND STANDING COMMITTEES 

Moderator M. L. Baxley 

Clerk W. H. Edwards 

Treasurer r E. R. Poison 

Ass't Treasurer C. W. Bennett 

ORDAINING COUNCIL 

M. L. Baxley A. J. Pearson Steve English 

CHURCH CLERKS AND ADDRESSES 

Sandy Grove— Mrs. D. B. Thames, St. Pauls, N. C. 

Hickory Grove — Mrs. Armaitha Sports, Parkton, N. C. 

Mt. Moriah— Mrs. Mattie Norton, Hamlet, N. C. 

St. John— Miss Dorothy McLain, Patrick, S. C. 

Bethel — Mrs. Ovella Grimsley, Rt. 1, Lumberton, N. C. 

Bethlehem— Miss Esther Poison, Rt. 1, Patrick, S. C. 

Piney Plains— Not known. 

It was moved and carried that the 40th annual session would convene 
with St. John's Church at Patrick, S. C, on Thursday and Friday before the 
Second Sunday in October, 1948. 

It was motioned and so ordered that we stand and give thanks with 
bowed heads for the two wonderful dinners served on the yard while Rev. 
J. W. Stanley dismissed with prayer. 

Moderator: M. L. Baxley 

Secretary: W. H. Edwards 

Rt. 2, St. Pauls, N. C. 



MINUTES 

OP THE 

FORTY-SECOND ANNUAL SESSION 

OF THE 

ROCKHSh CONFERENCE 

OF THE 

ORIGINAL FREE WILL BAPTIST 



HELD WITH 



HIGHLAND PINES CHURCH 

East Rockingham, Richmond County, N. C. 

OCTOBER 6, 7, 1950 



Free Will Baptist Press, Ayden, N. C. 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



FORTY-SECOND ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 



OF THE 



ORIGINAL FREE WILL BAPTIST 

HELD WITH 

HIGHLAND PINES CHURCH 

East Rockingham, Richmond County, N. C. 

OCTOBER 6, 7, 1950 



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Church Clerks and Postoffices 

K Sandy Grove — Mrs. Ellen Thames, Route 2, St. Pauls, N. C. 
fr Hickory Grove — Nannie L. Ray, Route 7, Fayetteville, N. C. 

f/ Mt. Moriah— Mrs. Mattie Norton, Hamlet, N. C. d3*Y I ^^ B $"?? 
i^Bethel— 
t^Eastside — Mrs. M. L. Baxley, Red Springs, N. C. 

r Highland Pines — Myrtle Covington, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

ySRine Grove — Mrs. Viola Riddle, P. £# Box 42, ft6^tingh«wi, N. C. ^* 

*^f*) Calvary— Eijzabeth Frith. ^Ht^O^^Sc. t 6\E~i 2L- )r**«X*Jt^ 

SJ Ordained Ministers 

I'M. L. Baxley— Red Springs, N. C. 
i/ i. H. Galloway — Lumberton, N. C. 

Steve English— Route 2, Hamlet, N^/CT , / 
f'c. W. Bennett— St. Pauls, N. C. ^ A***'' 

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R. L. Clark— Hamlet, N. C. 
A. J. Pearson — St. Pauls, N. C. 
Angus Prevatte — Raeford, N. C. 



S3. H. Tyson— Raeford, N. C. ^C^A- 

Frank Sanford— R. F. D. 2, Hamlet, N. C 
George Langley — Mills Rural Station, Rockingham, N. C. 
H. S. Clark — East Laurinburg, N. C. l^ 
CB.Hoplsns — Mills Rural Station, Rockingham, N, . C. 





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Lenwood Bryant 

Ministers Present 

M. L. Baxley, Steve English, Angus Prevatte, N. H. English, J. H. 
Tyson, Frank Sanford. George Langley, J. F. Roberts, C. B. Hopkins, Daisy 
Roberts. 

Sick Excuses 

C. W. Bennett A. J. Pearson 

Ordaining Councilors 

Revs. Steve English, George Langley, C B. Hopkins, C W. Bennett 

and H. S. Clark 



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PROCEEDINGS 

The Forty-Second Annual session of the Rockfish Conference of the 
Original Free Will Baptist met in session with the church at Highland 
Pints, East Rockingham, N. C, en Friday, October 6th through 7th, 1950. 

Friday Morning- 
Beginning' at 9:30 o'clock 

Song: Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. 

Prayer: Rev. C. H. Coats. 

Song: Amazing Grace. 

Talk by Rev. N. H. English. 

A hearty welcome was extended to all present by the Moderator, then 
he opened the house for transaction of business. 

At this time the various committees were appointed : 

Devotional Committee: Bro. Jessie Lee, Jerry Budd, Charlie Hayes. 

Sunday School: Rev. Angus Prevatte, H. P. Hodge, Sister Mattie Oli- 
ver. 

Orphanage : Rev. Steve English, Sister Margaret Mathis, Rev. Angus 
Prevatte. 

Education: Rev. N. H. English, G. H. Carver, Wra. H. Edwards. 

Mission: Rev. J. H. Tyson, Paul Brown, Sister Francis Peele. 

The Devotional Committee recommended that Rev. C. H. Coats bring 
the morning sermon. 

At this time the body was adjourned for 30 minutes. 

Re-assembled. Singing by congregation, Standing on the Promises, 
and Bringing in the Sheaves. 

Prayer by Rev. Paul Brown. 

Song: Glory to His Name. 

Rev. C. H. Coats introduced by Bro. M. L. Baxley. 

Rev. Coates read Romans, Chapter 6, beginning with the 12th verse, 
using as a text, verse 22. 

Theme of sermon: "Better Life." Rev. Coates brought an inspiring 
message. 

Song: When I see the Blood. 

The body was adjourned until 1:00 o'clock. 

Friday Afternoon Session 

1:00 P. M. — Opened by song: My Faith Looks Up to Thee. 
Prayer by Rev. P. J. Parker. 
Scripture by Rev. Frank Sanford. 
Roll called of ministers. 

The Free Will Baptist Treatise was read and explained by Rev. C. H. 
Coates. 

It was moved and carried that the Rockfish Conference approved by a 
100' i vote the work of the Revision Committee. 



Collection taken for missions, total $8.62. 

Moved to adjourn. Dismissed by prayer by Rev. C. H. Coates. 

Second Day 

9:30 Conference was called to order by the Moderator, Rev. M. L. Bax- 
ley. 

Song: All Hail the Power. 

Devotion by Rev. Steve English. Reading Psalms 23rd. 

Prayer by Bro. J. O. Ganey. 

Moved and carried to establish in each church a separate fund for 
Foreign Missions. 

Resolution Committee: Jerry Budd, J. O. Ganey, Lee Carpenter. 

Call for Church Letters 

Sandy Grove — Reported by letter and delegates: G. H. Carver, Jerry 
Budd, Gilbert; Funds, $5.00. Received in 3 months 1. Baptized 1. Dis- 
missed 0. Died 0. Total membership 60. Average no. of pupils 50. Paid 
pastor $240.36; Orphanage §66.00; Value of church $3,000; For publica- 
tion $12.00. Ministers belonging to our church : Rev. A. J. Pearson, St. 
Pauls, N. C, Rev. J. H. Tyson, Raeford, N. C. Pastor's name, Rev. Angus 
Prevatte. Clerk's name, Mrs. Ellen Thames. 

Highland Pines — By letter and delegates : Sister Francis Peele, Sister 
Lillian Sleipper. Funds $5.00. Received in year 22. Baptized 17. Dis- 
missed 10. Died 0. Total membership 60. Average no. of pupils 70. Paid 
pastor $283.95. Paid evangelist $233.28. Sickness (Home Mission) $197.30. 
Church expenses $618.94. Orphanage $93.88. Value of church $5,000. Min- 
isters belonging to our church: Rev. Frank Sanford, Hamlet, N. C, Rev. J. 
F. Roberts. Pastor's name, Rev. N. H. English. Clerk's name, Myrtle Cov- 
ington. 

Hickory Grove — By letter and delegates: Sister Odell Quick, Avy Lee, 
Margaret Stedman and Mattie Oliphant. Funds $5.00. Dismissed 4. To- 
tal membership 50. Average no. of pupils 55. Paid pastor $13.71. Paid 
evangelist $26.14. Building repairs $700.00. Value of church $2,000. Pas- 
tor's name, Clerk's name, Nannie Lee Ray. 

Mt. Calvery — By letter and delegates: Bro. Edward Campbell, Clyde 
Ford and Ralph Shepherd. Funds $5.00. Value of church $3,000. Mem- 
bers received 3. Baptized 0. Dismissed 0. Died 1. Total membership 32. 
Average no. of pupils 65. Paid pastor $303.50. Orphanage $38.00. Pas- 
tor's name, Steve English. Clerk's name, Elizabeth Frith. 

Mt. Moriah — By letter and delegates: Sister Margaret Mathis, Mrs. 
Ruth Jenkins. Funds $5.00. Dismissed 8. Died 1. Total membership 23. 
Average no. of pupils 20. Paid pastor $200. Paid evangelist $42.00. Value 
of church $5,000. Building and repairs $35. For publication $15. Pastor's 
name, Rev. Angus Prevatte. Clerk's name, Mrs. Mattie Norton. 

Bethel — No report. 

Eastside — No report. 



Pine Grove — By letter and delegates. Paid out on church $14,229.15. 
Paid pastor $1,020.00. Visiting- pastor $275.00. Membership at present 107. 
Average attendance 142. Church value $20,000. 

Rev. J. F. Roberts and wife, Sister Daisy Roberts, who have been ab- 
sent from this Conference, although active in an Association in East Ten- 
nessee, returned to us, asking to be admitted back into this Conference, 
was duly authorized by the Ordaining Council to carry the Gospel, also 
they were heartily welcomed back by all those present. 



Committee Reports 



SABBATH SCHOOL— We your Sabbath School Committee recommend 
that our teachers and leaders spend more time in preparing the Sunday 
School lessons for this is a very important work in the church. Also we 
recommend that we use our own literature. 

Bro. H. P. Hodge 
Rev. Angus Prevatte 

ORPHANAGE — We the committee on Orphanage recommend that all 
our churches realize that these children are looking to us for support. Let 
each one do their best for this worthy cause. 

Sis. Margaret Mathis 
Rev. Steve English 

MISSION — We your committee on Mission suggest that we as Free 
Will Baptist stress the cause of mission in home and foreign, we feel that 
we can't do too much in extending the gospel to others. 

Bro. J. H. Tyson 
Sis. Frances Peele 

DEVOTIONAL— We your committee appoint Bro. C. H. Coats to 
preach today at 11:00. Friday P. M., Rev. James Roberts. Saturday, 11:00 
Rev. Angus Prevatte. 

Bro. Jerry Budd 

Jesse Lee 

Charlie Hayes 

Dismissed for 30 minutes. 

11:00 come back for preaching. Song: I Am Thine, Lord. Prayer by 
John Paterson. Sermon by Rev. Angus Prevatte. Read 1st Chronicles 1:31, 
using 31st verse for text. A very inspiring message on "Gifts." 

Song: Face to Face. 

Dismissed by Rev. M. L. Baxley. 

Afternoon Session 

1:00 — Song: Saviour Like a Shepherd Lead Us. Bible reading by J. 
O. Ganey, Psalm 133. Prayer by H. S. Clark. 

Conference called to order by moderator and open for new business. 



On motion M. L. Baxley was re-appointed moderator for the next 2 
years, with Rev. Angus Prevatte as Assistant Moderator. 

On motion that Henry Edwards be re-appointed for clerk for the next 
2 years with Mrs. Henry Edwards as Assistant Clerk. 





Executive Board 

Name tf /[ S// Name of Church 

R. Shepherd ^..ttti^yZ^^C-^ Mt. Calvary 

«L O. Ganey . M#<My & &$a -.* ■ ■ Pine Grove 

Carver — .y£r f wf* ) * * *>'*T *&* .&' C-*, . Sandy Grove 

P. Huffman Highland Pines 

John Paterson Hickory Grove 

Finance Board 

Name /?. // S^/ Church 

. R. Shepherd lu, jj , y^Cd^C^r^ ■ Mt. Calvary 
Jlf John Oliver Chfivf'* — ^WJ . ^EfiEflCff ZSSS> P/A/^ Qa-* 

Jerry Budd / . . . Sandy Grove 

Lee Carpenter . . . . ... . . Highland Pines 

Ruth Jenkins Mt. Moriah 

Ordaining Council made a move to give J. B. Brown full fellowship of 
the Conference. 

The next conference will be at Mt. Calvary Church, Friday and Sat- 
urday before the second Sunday in October. 

Delegate for Pee Dee Association was M. L. Baxley. 

Song: Blest Be the Tie. 

Dismissed by Rufus Douglas. 

We were very happy to have with us Friday, Rev. C. H. Coates. Four 
Oaks, N. C, Cape Fear Conference, and Rev. J. C. Rogers, Pee Dee Asso- 
ciation, Box 22, Rockingham, N. C, and Rev. P. J. Parker of Peele's Chapel 
Wesleyan Methodist Church, Laurel Hill, N. C, and Bro. R. D. McLeod of 
the F. W. B. Orphanage, Midlesex, N. C. 

Clerk's Note: I would like to thank all of you good people for your 
fine co-operation during the past two years I have tried to serve as your 
humble clerk. 

May we pause just here and thank the good people for the great way 
they entertained us at Highland Pines. — Clerk. 

Rev. M. L. Baxley, Moderator 
W. H. Edwards, Clerk 






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ORDAINED MINISTERS 

M. L. Baxley, Red Springs, N. C. 

t/j. H. Galloway, R. F. D., Lumberton, N. C. 

,/Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

/C. W. Bennett, Route 2, St. Pauls, N. C. 

i/R. L. Clark, Hamlet, N. C. 

y A. J. Pearson, St. Pauls, N. C. 

y Angus Prevatte, Raeford, N. C. 

\/ J. H. Tyson, Raeford, N. C. 

i/Frank Sanford, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

George Langley, Mills Rural Station, Rockingham, N. C. 

i/H. S. Clark, East Laurinburg, N. C. 

i/G. B. Hopkins, Mills Rural Station, Rockingham, N. C. 

«4^Lynwood Bryant, Mills Rural Station, Rockingham, N. C. 

t/^J. F. Rogers, Box 22, Rockingham, N. C. 

MINISTERS PRESENT 
M. L. Baxley, George Langley, Angus Prevatte, Steve English, J. F. 
Rogers, C. B. Hopkins. 

SICK EXCUSES 
C. W. Bennett, J. H. Tyson, R. L. Clark, A. J. Pearson, H. S. Clark. 

ORDAINING COUNCILORS 
Revs. Steve English, George Langley, C. B. Hopkins, C. W. Bennett, 
and H. S. Clark. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

G. H. Carver, Chairman Sandy Grove 

Clyde Cox Pine Grove 

George Langley Pine Grove 

J. P. Huffman Highland Pines 

John Paterson Hickory Grove 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 

G. H. Carver, Chm Sandy Grove 

Clyde Cox Pine Grove 

Jerry Budd Sandy Grove 

Lee Carpenter Highland Pines 

Ruth Jenkins Mt. Moriah 

OFFICERS OF THE CONFERENCE 

Rev. M. L. Baxley Moderator 

Rev. Angus Prevatte Asst. Moderator 

Wm. H. Edwards Secretary-Treasurer 

Nellie Edwards .... Asst. Secretary-Treasurer 

Route 1, Hope Mills, N. C. 



PROCEEDINGS 



The Forty-Third Annual session of the Rockfish Conference of the 
Original Free Will Baptist met in session with the Mt. Calvary Church at 
Route 2, Hamlet, N. C, on Oct. 12th thru 13th, 1951. 

FRIDAY MORNING 

Song by congregation — "Standing on the Promises." 

Song by congregation — "Are You Washed in the Blood." 

Prayer by Rev. M. L. Johnson. 

Devotions by Rev. A. F. Lawter, read from Revelations chapter 1. 

The following visiting ministers were given a hearty welcome: 

Rev. D. W. Hansley, Eastern Conference, Rev. M. L. Johnson, Western 
Conference, Rev. R. N. Hini.-ant, Western Conference, Rev. Walter Carter, 
Piedmont Association, Rev. A. F. Lawter, Lockhart, S. C. 

APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES 

Devotional: Bro. H. P. Hodge, Chairman, Sister Nellie Edwards, Sister 
Mattie Norton. 

Sabbath School: Bro. John Patterson, Chairman, Bro. G. H. Carver, 
Rev. Steve English. 

Education: Bro. Wm. H. Edwards, Chairman, Bro. H. P. Hodge, Bro. 
Thomas Owens. 

Orphanage: Bro. Jesse Lee, Chairman, Sister Lineze Johnson, Sister 
Nellie Edwards. 

Missions: Rev. C. B. Hopkins, Chairman; Bro. W. E. Chavis, Sister D. 
L. Sports. 

At this time the Promotional Secretary of the N. C. State Convention 
of Original Free Will Baptist, Rev. M. L. Johnson of Sims, N. C, made his 
report. Some of the high spots in his report were as follows: 

District Conferences or Associations Totals . . 9 

Churches " . . 306 

Members " . . 40,029 

Ministers " . . 324 

Leagues . " . . 82 

Womens Auxiliaries . . 199 

Sunday Schools . . 251 

Value of Free Will Baptist property in the State of North Carolina 
totals $2,483,258.63. 

Rev. Johnson also stressed the need for all the churches to follow the 
Seven Point Program, especially donations for Superannuation, because our 
list of aged ministers is increasing, and there was only $5,526.11 collected 
last year to be distributed among our aged ministers. 



Money or gifts for the four following purposes: Superannuation, Edu- 
cation, Church Finance Ass'n., and Cragmont, are to be mailed to Rev. M. 
L. Johnson, Sims, N. C, indicating the purpose for and the Conference and 
Church from which sent. 

Motion was made to receive Rev. M. L. Johnson's report; motion second- 
ed, Conference voted to receive the report. 

Rev. R. N. Hinnant was requested to deliver the message during the 
morning worship hour. 

Song by congregation: "Glory to His Name." 

Moved and carried to adjourn for recess. 

Dismissed by Rev. Walter Carter. 

RECESS 

Call to Worship. 

Song by congregation : "I Am Thine O, Lord." 

Song by congregation: "The Way of the Cross leads Home." 

Prayer by Rev. Angus Prevatte. 

Song: "There shall be Showers of Blessings." 

Rev. R. N. Hinnant was introduced by Rev. M. L. Baxley. 

Rev. Hinnant read from Romans chapter 4 using as a text verse 2. 
Theme of sermon "Justification." Rev. Hinnant brought a much needed 
and inspiring sermon, thoroughly explaining how we are justified before 
God and man, by our faith in Him, by our works we cause men to see that 
we do believe in God, and are willing therefore to work for Him. 

Dismissed by prayer for lunch. 

Lunch hour was enjoyed by all, making new acquaintances and renew- 
ing the old, accompanied by a fine Dinner, prepared by the members of Mt. 
Calvary Church. 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON 

Song by congregation: "Send the Light." 

Song by congregation: "Jesus Saves." 

Prayer by Bro. John Patterson. 

Devotional by Rev. Angus Prevatte, reading 3rd chapter Colossians. 

At this time, Rev. R. N. Hinnant made a talk, concerning our Press, 
the Free Will Baptist Press at Ayden, N. C, urging us and all Free Will 
Baptist to use the facilities at Ayden thereby keeping the moneys used for 
literature and printing within the denomination, also asking those that were 
not already subscribers to The Free Will Baptist, to subscribe for it. 

Rev. D. W. Hansley also spoke briefly on the Educational Program, 
mentioning the fact that there is a drive underway to organize a Free Will 
Baptist Junior College at Cragmont, to be known as The Mt. Allen Junior 
College and urged all to donate to this cause, which as Rev. Hansley ex- 



plained, is essential to our denomination. The studies at this College are to 
be based on the standards of any Junior College of the nation, teaching both 
literary and religious education, thereby helping us to keep our young peo- 
ple Free Will Baptist minded. Send your donations to Rev. M. L. John- 
son, Sims, N. C. (designated as follows: For Education, half to be sent to 
our College in Nashville, Tenn., half to be kept in N. C. for the above pur- 
pose.). 

Moved and carried to accept Rev. R. N. Hinnant's and Rev. D. W. Hans- 
ley's reports. 

Song by Rev. R. N. Hinnant: "What a Friend we have in Jesus." 

Letter from Piney Plains F. W. B. Church at Gibson, N. C, requesting 
membership with the Rockfish Conference, read by Clerk. 

Moved and carried to receive Piney Plains as a member Church to the 
Rockfish Conference. 

Moved and carried to accept the action of the Executive Committee for 
the previous year. 

Song by congregation: "Stand up for Jesus." During this time the 
Right Hand of Fellowship was given to the delegates from Piney Plains 
Church. 

Moved and carried to excuse the absence of the Ministers that are sick. 

Moved and carried to adjourn. 

Dismissed by Rev. Steve English. 

Friday evening services were held by Rev. D. W. Hansley. 

SATURDAY MORNING 

10:00 Song by congregation: "When I see the Blood." 

Devotions by Rev. Steve English. Read 1st thru 9th verses of Eccle- 
siastes. 

Prayer by Rev. J. F. Rogers. 

10:15 Discussions concerning Conference Treasury. Various ways 
were debated on how to raise money to be used by the conference other than 
for publication and Clerk's fee. 

Moved and carried that each Pastor take this matter before his Church. 

10:45 Rev. C. H. Coats of the Cape Fear Conference arrived about 
this time, accompanied by his wife. Both were very much welcomed by all. 

Moved and carried to adjourn for a short recess. Dismissed by prayer. 

11:00 Worship Hour. 

Song: "Standing on the Promises." 

Prayer by Bro. J. P. Huffman. 

Song: "Bringing in the Sheaves." 

Rev. M. L. Baxley arose to introduce Rev. C. H. Coats to those present 
that had not had the pleasure of meeting him, also called on Rev. Coats to 
bring the Morning Message. 

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Sermon by Rev. C. H. Coats. Rev. Coats read from 1st chapter St. 
John, using as a text the 5th verse. Subject: "The Light of the Church to 
the Darkened World." This message was enjoyed by all. 

The doors of Mt. Calvary Church were opened for membership by the 
Pastor, Rev. Steve English. 

Rev. J. F. Rogers was admitted by letter as a member, or under the 
watch care of the Church until his letter has been received from former 
Church. 

Song: "Lord, I'm coming Home." 

12:00 Dismissed by prayer. 

Dinner was served on the Church grounds, as on the previous day. The 
dinner was enjoyed by all present. 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON 

1:00 Song by congregation: "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms." 
Devotional by Rev. C. B. Hopkins, reading the 139th Psalm. 
Prayer by Rev. George Langley. 
1:15 Business Session: 
Report of Committees: 

SABBATH SCHOOL 

We, your Committee for Sabbath School, urge you to support your Sab- 
bath School with your money and presence each Sabbath Day, encourage 
your children to attend Sabbath School regularly. 

Bro. John Patterson, Chm. 
Bro. G. H. Carver, 
Rev. Steve English. 

EDUCATION 

We, your Committee for education, urgently request you to see that our 
Free Will Baptist Schools and Colleges of the past and future are supported 
sufficiently to train our people to enable them to teach God's Word better. 

Bro. Wm. H. Edwards, Chm., 
Bro. H. P. Hodge, 
Bro. Thomas Owens. 

ORPHANAGE 

We, your Committee for Orphanage, recommend that all our churches 
realize that the orphan children at our Orphanage Home are looking to us 
for their support. Let each one do their best for this worthy cause. 

Bro. Jesse Lee, Chm. 
Sister Nellie Edwards, 
Sister Lineze Johnson. 



MISSIONS 

We, your Committee for Home and Foreign Missions, recommend that 
we continue to do every thing possible for this worthy cause. 

Rev. C. B. Hopkins, Chm. 
Bro. W. E. Chavis, 
Sister Armaitha Sports. 

Moved and carried to receive the reports of the Committees. 

Call for Church Letters. 

Mt. Moriah — Delegates: Mrs. Mattie Norton, Mrs. Addie Jenkins, Miss 
Bernice Norton; State of religion, Good; Members received past 12 months, 
1; Total Membership, 23; Condition of Sunday School, Fair; Average No. of 
pupils, 25; No. of Officers, 3; No. of Teachers, 3; Paid Pastor $305.00; Paid 
Evangelist $71.00; Orphanage $39.00; Foreign Mission $34.00; Building and 
Repairs $71.00; Lights $12.00; Literature $15.34; Enclosed for Minutes 
$10.00; Money received this year $654.62; Money spent $612.59; Balance 
$32.03; Pastor's name, Rev. Angus Prevatte, Raeford, N. C; Clerk, Mrs. 
Mattie Norton. The Church of Mt. Moriah request the sitting of the Con- 
ference of 1952 with us. 

Pine Grove — State of Religion, Good ; Members received this year, 22 ; 
Baptized 11; Dismissed 6; Died 1; Total membership 130; Condition of 
Prayer Meeting, Good; Condition of Sunday School, Good; Average No. of 
pupils 115; No. of Officers 3, No. of Teachers 7; Paid Pastor $3,360.00; Paid 
Evangelist $435.00; Home Mission $395.30; Foreign Mission $183.49; Build- 
ing and Repairs 84,292.78; For Education $121.50; For Publication $9.50; 
Enclosed for Minutes $5.00; Minister belonging to our church, Rev. Geo. 
Langley; Pastor's Name, Rev. Geo. Langley, M. R. S., Rockingham, N. C; 
Clerk, Mrs. Viola Riddle. Total Value of property of church $17,500.00. 

Sandy Grove — Delegates: Thomas Owens, Sister Nellie Edwards, Sister 
Lineze Johnson; State of Religion, Good; Members Received past 3 months 4; 
Baptized 2; Dismissed 0; Died 0; Total Membership 65; Condition of Prayer 
Meeting, Good; Condition of Sunday School, Good; Average No. of Pupils 
45; No. of officers 4; No. of Teachers 4; Paid Pastor $219.36; Paid Evange- 
list $75.00; Home Mission $10.00; Foreign Mission $6.00; Building and Re- 
pairs $302.50; For Publication $16.00; Enclosed for Minutes $5.00. Min- 
isters Belonging to our Church: Rev. A. J. Pearson, St. Pauls, N. C; Rev. 
J. H. Tyson, Raeford, N. C. Pastor's Name, Rev. Angus Prevatte, Raeford, 
N. C; Clerk, Ellen Thames. 

Highland Pities — Delegates: Bro. J. P. Huffman, Bro. Jack Skipper, 
Bro. Lee Carpenter; State of Religion, Good; Members Received for year 
26; Baptized 8, Dismissed 5; Total Membership 76; Condition of Prayer 
Meeting, Good; Condition of Sunday School, Good; Average No. of Pupils 
98; No. of Teachers 6; Paid Pastor $1,355.83; Paid Evangelist $235.00; 
Home Mission $134.00; Foreign Mission $19.36; Building and Repairs 
$1,500.00; For Orphanage $120.66; For Church expenses $621.77; Enclosed 
for Minutes $5.00; Retired Ministers $19.36. Minister belonging to our 



Church: Rev. Frank Sandford, Hamlet, N. C, Rt. 2. Pastor's Name, Lyn- 
wood Bryant, East Rockingham, N. C. Clerk, Mrs. E. R. Covington. 

Mount Calvary — Delegates: Ralph Sheppard, Sister Lilly Starnes, Sis- 
ter Ethelyne Sheppard; State of Religion, Good; Members Received past 3 
months 17; Baptized 4; Dismissed 2; Total Membership 40; Condition of 
Prayer Meeting, Fair; Condition of Sunday School, Good; Average No. of 
Pupils 60; No. of Officers 6, No. of Teachers 4; Paid Pastor $384.68; Paid 
Evangelist $75.00; Home Mission $65.50; Foreign Mission $14.00; Building 
and Repairs $175.00; For Education $120.00; Enclosed for Minutes $5.00; 
Orphanage $50.00; Paid Out $889.18; Balance in treasury $250.30; Total 
$1,139.48. Minister belonging to our Church: Rev. Steve English. Pastor's 
Name, Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. Clerk, Ralph Sheppard. 

Hickory Grove — Delegates: Sisters, Avy Jane Lee, Armaitha Sports; 
State of Religion, Good; Members Received past 3 months 1; Condition of 
Sunday School, Good; Average No. of Pupils 45; No. Officers 2; No. of 
Teachers 3; Paid Pastor $69.88; Paid Evangelist $19.50; Building and Re- 
pairs $47.50; Enclosed for Minutes $5.00. Ministers belonging to our 
Church: Rev. Angus Prevatte, Raeford, N. C. ; C. B. Hopkins, Rockingham, 
N. C. Pastor's Name, C. B. Hopkins, Rockingham, N. C. Clerk, Nannie 
Lee Ray. Value of Church property $2,500. 

Piney Plains — Delegates: Will Jacobs, Sister Vertia Grooms; State of 
Religion, Good; Condition of Prayer Meeting, Good; Condition of Sunday 
School, Good; No. of Officers 3, No. of Teachers 3; Enclosed for Minutes 
$5.00. Pastor's Name, C. B. Hopkins, Mills R. Sta., Rockingham, N. C. 
Clerk, Will Jacobs. We would like the prayers of all the churches that our 
church, Piney Plains, may grow in grace and love for all God loving people. 

Eastside — For Minutes $1.45. No Report. 

Bethel — We the members of Bethel Free Will Baptist Church met in 
Conference, Sunday, October 7. We appoint as delegates to the Association: 
Sisters Inez Himlaw and Lillie Mae Tatum. We pray you to receive them 
to sit with you in your Godly deliberations. Our Sunday School is good. 
We are sending $5.00 for funds. Rev. J. H. Galloway, Pastor; Lillie Mae 
Tatum, Clerk. 

Moved and carried to receive Church Letters. 

Rev. J. F. Rogers requested membership with the Rockfish Conference; 
moved and carried to receive Rev. Rogers as a member, pending receipt of 
letter from former association. 

Bro. R. R. Shepard handed in his resignation from the Executive and 
Finance Committee. Moved and carried to accept Bro. Shepard's resigna- 
tion. 

Moved and carried to appoint Bro. G. H. Carver of Route 1, Hope Mills, 
N. C, to fill the vacancy caused by Bro. Shepard's resignation. 

Moved and carried to appoint Rev. George Langley to the Executive 
Committee to replace Bro. G. H. Carver's seat as member, for Bro. Carver 
to accept Chairmanship of the Executive Committee. 



Delegates from Mount Moriah asked that the next session be held at 
their Church. Moved and carried for the 44th Annual Session of the Rock- 
fish Conference to be held with the Mount Moriah Original Free Will Bap- 
tist Church at Hamlet, N. C, on Friday and Saturday before the second 
Sunday in October, 1952. 

A rising vote of thanks was given to the good people of Mt. Calvary 
Church for the hospitality shown us during this session. 

Moved and carried to adjourn. 

Dismissed by prayer. 

Rev. M. L. Baxley, Moderator 
Wm. H. Edwards, Sec.-Treas. 
Route 1 
Hope Mills, N. C. 



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MINUTES 



OF THE 



OF THE 



Original Free Will Baptists 



HELD WITH 

Mount Mobiah Church 

Hamlet, Richmond County, N. C. 
October 10th, 11th, 1952 



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MINUTES 



OF THE 



Forty-Fourth Annual Session 



OF THE 



ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 



OF THE 



Original Free Will Baptists 



HELD WITH 

Mount Moriah Church 

Hamlet, Richmond County, N. C. 
October 10th, 11th, 1952 



ORDAINED MINISTERS 

€HBr Hopkin o , - M i&r-RuTal Sta., Rockingham, N. C. 
n^i A#aus Prevatte, Raeford, N. C. - ^ • -~t — 

|X< Stdve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. // (S^T^^t C+\ 

j_.-H-_r:<»nr> W py j R- •Fr©:7Hb'HT»bertoii ) lSf . C . 

— j/C. W. Rennett, Route 2, St. Paul, N. C. 
«- V R. L. Clark, Hamlet, N. C. 

— * A. J. Pearson, St. Paul, N. C. J$l <■ I 

— - J. H. Tyson, Raeford, N. C. 

— ~ Frank Sanford, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. . _ 
■f/~ J. W. Sanford, East Rockingham, N. C. ficcJ <_/ P'H ' 

— — H. S. Clark, East Laurinburg, N. C. 

Jr-CJBageiv-B»K 22, R©ekingham,-N. C. 
/-" R. R. Sheppard, Resteer. Hamlet, N. C. /> ^/^/-4 f^T 

^L& v '< licentiates" : / ^f"^^~ 

-Wr-Fr-MeQuage, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 
fS ~ J. A. Atkinson, 403 S. King St., Fayetteville, N. C. 

ORDAINING COUNCIL 

Revs. J. W. Sanford, Chairman; Angus Prevatte; and R. L. Clark. 

EXECUTIVE BOARD 

REV. C. B^-HOPKINS w Chairman and Moderator 

< , REV. ANGUS PREVATTE _ Clerk 

r .REV. J. W. SANFORD ^ Assistant Moderator 

y' G. H. CARVER Sandy Grove Church 

" LJPJgyOMA^-^-----^--- r ----- ir ---- T ^---* Highland Pines Church 

W. F. Mcg}^^...J.^/....pfTM l ^S JtJ ^ Highland Pines Church 

CHURCHES- CHURCH CLERK & ADDRESS 

W"" SANDY GROVE-Mrs. Ellen Thames, Rt. 1, Parkton, N. C. 
^'HICKORY GROVE-Mrs. Ed Bryant, Rt. 3, Fayetteville, N. C. 
MOUNT MORIAH-Mrs. H. L. Norton, Hamlet, N. C. 
■ — HIGHLAND PINES^Mjs. E, R. Covington, Rt. 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

MOUNT CALVARY-Doris Hearne (Write to Rev. J. W. Sanford, East Rocking- 
ham, N. C.) 

PINE GROVE- (Correspondence should be sent to Rev. Clyde Cox, M. R. S., 
Rockingham, N. C. ) 

EASTSIDE-Mrs. M. L. Raxley, Red Springs, N. C. 

BETHEL-Rev. J. H. Galloway, R. F. D., Lumberton, N. C. 
- v /BETHLEHEM-(Write Rev. H. S. Clark, East Rockingham, N. C.) 
. w-'PINEY PLAINS-( Write Rev. R. R. Sheppard, Rt. 2, Hamlet, N. C. ) 
. •'"ST. JOHN-( Write Rev. Steve English, Rt. 2, Hamlet, N. C.) 




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PROCEEDINGS 



The Forty- Fourth Annual session of the Rockfish Conference of the Original 
Free Will Baptists of the State of North Carolina, met in session with the Mount 
Moriah Church at Hamlet, N. C, on October 10 through 11, 1952. 

FRIDAY MORNING 

Song by congregation— "Are You Washed In the Blood." 

Devotions by Rev. Winford Floyd, reading the second chapter of Hebrews. 

The Welcome Address was given by Rev. Angus Prevatte, pastor of host church. 

The delegates to the conference were recognized as follows: Margaret Mathis, 
Jerry Budd, Lee Carpenter, W. F. Peele, Ava Jane Lee, and Will Jacobs. Also 
recognized were the ordained and licensed ministers, members of standing com- 
mittees, and the officers of the conference. 

A roll call of ministers was made with the following being present: Revs. M. L. 
Baxley, C. B. Hopkins, Angus Prevatte, Steve English, R. L. Clark, H. S. Clark, 
J. W. Sanford, J. C. Rogers, Clyde Cox, W. F. McQuage, and J. A. Atkinson. Rev. 
M. L. Johnson of the Western Conference, was a most welcome visitor with us 
the first day. 

The first order of business was a motion to appoint a committee to draw up 
a constitution to fit the needs of the conference, but not to read contrary to our 
State Treatise. This motion was carried that the committee be composed of the 
Moderator, Assistant Moderator, Clerk, and two others to be elected from the 
delegates present. They were, Rev. Winford Floyd and Brother W. F. Peele. 

At this time the Devotional Committee was appointed consisting of: Brothers 
Jesse Lee, Chairman; Pat Hodge; and W. L. Peele. 

Rev. M. L. Johnson, Promotional Secretary for the State of North Carolina, 
made his report at this time. From his report, we learned that we, as Free Will 
Baptists, did fairly well, state-wide, only in Superannuation are we short of the 
needs. Superannuation is a very deserving part of our program. 

A motion was moved and carried that we adjourn for recess. 

Eleven o'clock Worship Hour. 

Rev. J. A. Atkinson was requested by the Devotional Committee to preach 
for us. 

Song by congregation— "Saviour, More Than Life To Me." 

Song by Congregation— "Amazing Grr.ce." 

Prayer by Rev. M. L. Johnson. 

Sermon by Rev. J. A. Atkinson, using as his text Romans 5:1. 

Rev. Angus Prevatte, host pastor, welcomed everyone to lunch served by the 
host church. 

Rev. Winfred Floyd dismissed the congregation with prayer. 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON 

Song by congregation— "Help Somebody Today." 
Prayer by Rev. Angus Prevatte. 

Devotions were conducted by Rev. M. L. Johnson, reading from the Book oi 
Revelations. 

At this time the report of the Executive Board was read as follows: 

We, the Executive Committee of the Rockfish Conference, met with Brother 
J. W. Sanford on August 30, 1952, concerning his status with the conference. 
Bev. Stanford requested that he be re-instated. The Executive Board elected to 
re-instate Rev. Sanford in good fellowship with the Rockfish Conference with all 
rights belonging to an ordained minister. 



We also discussed the situation that prevailed at the Pine Grove Free Will 
Baptist Church at Rockingham, N. C. We did there, declare that the pastor, Rev. 
George Langley, be no longer a minister of good standing in the Rockfish Confer- 
ence and no longer the pastor of Pine Grove Church. 

A motion was made and carried to accept the Executive Board's report. 

Rev. H. S. Clark brought a letter from the Bethlehem Free Will Baptist 
Church asking to be recognized by the Rockfish Conference. A lengthy discussion 
followed the reading of this letter which was later accepted. 

A motion was made and carried to adjourn after being dismissed by prayer. 

The Friday evening worship services were omitted. 

SATURDAY MORNING 

The conference opened at ten o'clock by the congregation singing, "Camping 
in Canaan's Land." 

Prayer was offered by Rev. Walter Carter. 

The following visiting ministers were recognized for the second day: Revs. 
Walter Carter, Noah Brown, and John Newton, all of the Piedmont Association. 

Devotions were conducted by Rev. John Newton, reading for his Scripture, 
John 14:1-10. 

Appointment of Committees 

Sabbath Schools: Revs. Steve English, Chairman; H. S. Clark; and C. B. Hopkins. 
Education: Mrs. Nellie Edwards, Chairman; Rev. Winford Floyd; and Mrs. Ava 

Jane Lee. 
Orphanage: W. F. Peele, Chairman, and Jerry Budd. 
Missions^_Rev\J. A. Atkinson, Chairman; Rev. J. W. Sanford; and J. P. Huffman. 

Supe rannu atiQM^ Rev. Angus Prevatte, Chairman; Mrs. Margaret Mathis; and Lee 
Carpenter. 

A motion was made and carried to adjourn for recess after being dismissed 
by prayer. 

Eleven o'clock Worship Hour. 

Song by congregation— "I'll Live in Glory." 

Song by congregation— "It Won't Be Very Long." Led by Rev. W. F. McQuage. 

Prayer was offered by Rev. W. F. McQuage. 

Sermon by Rev. J. C. Rogers using as his text, II Chronicles 15:1. 

Dismissed for lunch by prayer offered by Rev. Noah Brown. 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON 
Song by congregation— "When We All Get to Heaven." 
Prayer by Brother Thomas Owens. 

Devotions were conducted by Rev. W. F. McQuage, reading for his Scripture, 

Acts 22. 

The following churches reported by letter: 

Mount Calvary— Delegate, W. F. Peele. State of religion, fair; members re- y 
ceived past 3 months, 11; baptized, 2; dismissed, 5; total membership 53. Con- 
dition of prayer meeting, fair; condition of Sunday School, fair; average number of 
pupils, 55; number of officers, 5; number of teachers, 5. Paid pastor $280.00; paid 
evangelist $95.00; buildings and repairs $25.00; enclosed for minutes $5.00. 
Ministers belonging to our church, Rev. J. W. Sanford and Rev. J. C. Rogers of 
Rockingham, N. C. Pastor's name, Rev. J. W. Sanford, East Rockingham, N. C. 

REV. J. W. SANFORD, Moderator 
DORIS HEARNE, Clerk 



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Highland Pines— Delegate, Brother Lee Carpenter. State of religion, good; 
members received past 3 months, 12; baptized, 9; total membership, 95. Con- 
dition of prayer meeting, good; condition of Sunday School, good; average number 
of pupils, 90; number or teachers, 6. Paid pastor $2,384.22; paid evangelist, 
$457.23; Home Missions $64.72; Foreign Mission $28.45; building and repairs 
$931.83; orphan home $72.57; for publications $994.60; paid on parsonage $970.45; 
enclosed for minutes $5.00; total paid out $5,909.07. Ministers belong to our 
church are Revs. Frank McQuage (Licensed) and Frank Sanford, both of Hamlet, 
N. C, Route 2. Pastor's name, Rev. Winfred Floyd, Hamlet, N. C. , Route 2. 

REV. WINFRED FLOYD, Moderator 

MRS. E. R. COVINGTON, Clerk 

/ Hickory Grove— Delegate, Jesse Lee. State of religion, good; members re- 
ceived past 3 months, 2; baptized, 1; dismissed, 3 by letter; total membership, 34. 
Condition of prayer meeting, good; condition of Sunday School, good; average 
number of pupils, 40; number of ofhicers, 2; number of teachers, 3. Paid pastor 
S 125.00; paid evangelist $26.00; building and repairs $53.75; enclosed for minutes 
$5.00. Ministers belonging to our church are Rev. C. B. Hopkins, Rockingham, 
N. C, and Rev. J. A. Atkinson, 403 S. King Street, Fayetteville, N. C. Pastor's 
nam:', Rev. J. A. Atkinson. 

REV. J. A. ATKINSON, Moderator 

ED BRYANT, Clerk 

Remarks: We have called Rev. J. A. Atkinson for our pastor for the coming 
year, and recommend him to the association for ordaination. We have preaching 
services each Sunday at 11 a. m. and 7:45 p. m. We have F. W. B. League eacli 
Sunday at 6:45 p. m. 

Sandy Grove— Delegates, Jerry Budd; Thomas Owens; and Sister Nellie Ed- 
wards. State of religion, good; members received past 3 months, 7; baptized, 5; 
total membership, 58. Condition of prayer meeting, good; condition of Sunday 
School, good; average number of pupils, 50; number of officers, 5; number of 
teachers, 3. Paid pastor $206.06; paid evangelist $61.72; building and repairs 
$500.00; for publications $16.00; orphanage $60.00; enclosed for minutes $5.00. 
Ministers belong to our church are, Revs. Angus Prevatte and J. H. Tyson, both of 
Raeford, N. C; and Rev. A. J. Pearson of St. Paul, N. C. Pastor's name, Rev. 
Angus Prevatte. 

REV. ANGUS PREVATTE, Moderator 

MRS. ELLEN THAMES, Clerk 

r Mount Moriah— Delegates, Sisters Margaret Mathis and Ada Watts. State of 
religion, good; members died, 1; total membership, 23. Condition of Sunday School, 
fair; average number of pupils, 28; number of officers, 3; number of teachers, 3. 
Paid pastor $389.00; paid evangelist $75.00; orphanage $55.00; Foreign Missio i 
$25.00; superannuation $10.00; Cragmont $10.00; enclosed fofc minutes $10.00; 
miscellaneous $139.87; cash on hand $64.63. Minister belonging to our church, 
Rsv. R. L. Clark, Hamlet, N. C. Pastor's name, Rev. Angus Prevatte. 

REV. ANGUS PREVATTE, Moderator 
MRS. H. L. NORTON, Clerk 



Bethlehem— Delegates, Brol 



?gates, Brothers Frank Hunt and James Smith and Sister Esther 
Smith. We, the members of Bethlehem Church, are at peace one with another. 
We have preaching once a month by our pastor, Rev. H. S. Clark, having called him 
to serve us for the year 1953. We have received one member by baptism this y?ar. 
We have paid our pastor $162.30 for the year. We enclose $5.00 for minute 
fund. We ask the prayers of the conference. 

REV. H. S. CLARK, Moderator 
ESTHER SMITH, Clerk 






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Eastside— No written report. 
Bethel— No written report. 
Pine Grove— No written report. 
Pinsy Plains— No written report. ' 

/ St. John— Delegates could not come, report sent in. State of religion, good; 
members received tor year, 12; baptized, 6; dismissed, 2; total membership, 87. 
Condition of Sunday School, good; average number of pupils, 70; number of 
teachers, 4. Paid pastor $312.05; paid evangelist $50.00; missions $35.10; visiting 
pastors, Brother H. S. Clark, $70.06; Reverend Rogers, $6.26; Bible for church 
820.00; loose offerings $20.00; enclosed for minutes $5.00; total money spent 
$657.21. Pastor's name, Rev. Steve English. 

REV. STEVE ENGLISH, Moderator 
MRS. W. M. MYERS, Clerk 

A motion was made and carried to accept the church letters. 

Prayer was rendered by Rev. Walter Carter. 

Report of the Ordaining Council is as follows: 

March 29, 1952— We recommended Brother R. R. Sheppard to be licensed to 
preach by Mount Calvary Free Will Baptist Church. We could not agree on 
Brother W. E. Chavis of Piney Plains Church. 

June 28, 1952— We ordained one licensed minister and recommended two 
others for licenses to their church. 

Rev. Lynwood Bryant gave up his credentials because of change of denomina- 
tions. Rev. George Langley was relieved of his credentials because of denial of 
our faith. 

This is the report of your Ordaining Council's work for 1952. Some is good 
and some is disappointing. We are praying that you accept it as written. 

Yours in Christ, 

REV. STEVE ENGLISH, Chairman 

REV. H. S. CLARK 

REV. C. B. HOPKINS 

A motion was made and carried that the Ordaining Council's report be ac- 
cepted. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS 

Missions— We, the Mission Committee, recommend that we first take care of 
our home missions in all of its benevolent needs, such as to support our home Bible 
schools and promoting a higher Christian standard for our churches and communi- 
ties. 

J. W. SANFORD 

J. P. HUFFMAN 

■^^n?/?f 7 " / '?f^rA vp your Committee for Orphanage, recommend that all our 
churches realize that the orphan children at our home are looking to us for their 
support. Let each one of us do their best for this cause. 

JERRY BUDD 

W. F. PEELE 

Superannuation— We, the Committee on Superannuation, do recommend that 
each church take in consideration the great need of our retired Brothers and do 
our best for them. \ 

MRS. MARGARET MATHIS 
LEE CARPENTER 
ANGUS PREVATTE 

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Education— We, your Committee on Education, urgently request you to see that 
our Free Will Baptist schools and colleges of the past and future are supported 
sufficiently to train our people to enable them to teach God's Word better. 

NELLIE EDWARDS 

AVA JANE LEE 

Sabbath Schools— We, your Committee on Sabbath Schools, urge you to sup- 
port your Sabbath School with your money and presence each Sabbath Day. En- 
courage your Children to attend Sabbath School regularly. 

STEVE ENGLISH 
H. S. CLARK 
C. B. HOPKINS 

A motion was made and carried to adopt the committee's report. 

A motion was made and carried to elect the officers of the Rockfish Conference 
for the next two years as follows: / 

Re v. CD. Ho pkms wLW^£f^£tfUr3£ Moderator 

J. W. Sanford jSjS.yj^.SM/U t*A ^--^Assistant Moderator. 

Angus Prevatte .Wtti^Ju^^JitAjSJI- Secretary(J^_^_tj 

Mrs. H. L. Norton Treasurer 

STANDING COMMITTEES 

Ordaining Council: Revs. J. W. Sanford, Chairman; Angus Prevatte; and R. L. 
Clark. 

Executive Board: To include the officers of the conference with the exception 
of the Treasurer, plus three other persons as follows: Brothers G. H. Carver, J. P. 
Huffman, and Re vMW. F. MeOuage.H 

No Finance Committee was named at this session. 

At this time, Rev. M. L. Baxley requested his letter be given him from the 
Rockfish Conference. A motion was made and carried that such a letter be granted. 

The Treasurer gave the following report: 

Money received for 1951 & 52 $64.33 

Money disbursed 59.95 

Balance __. $ 4.38 

Wm, H. EDWARDS, Sec. & Treas. 

A motion was made and carried to accept the Treasurer's report. 

At this time the retiring Secretary and Treasurer took the privilege to thank 
the Rockfish Conference and its people for the honor of serving them for the past 
six years, and will in the future serve again if it becomes necessary. 

The Firty-Fifth Session of the Rockfish Conference will, by the Grace of our 
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, be held with Hickory Grove Free Will Baptist 
Church on Friday and Saturday before the second Sunday in October, 1953. 

A rising vote of thanks was given to the people of Mount Moriah Church for 
the hospitality shown to the members and delegates of the Rockfish Conference and 
their visitors. 

A motion was made and carried to adjourn after being dismissed by prayer. 

REV.' C. B. HOPKINS, Moderator 
REV.j ANGUS PREVATTE, Secretary 



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Near Rockfish Station, Cumberland County, N. C. 
October 9 and 10, 1953 



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ORDAINED MINISTERS 

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Angus Prevatte, Raeford, N. C. ^ s\ 

Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. r 

C. W. Bennett, Route 2, St. Pauls, N. C. * 

R. L. Clark, Hamlet, N. C. f° 

H. J. Pearson, St. Pauls, N. C. *"' 

J. H. Tyson, Raeford, N. C. 1r~ 

Frank Sanford, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. "" ^ 

J. W. Sanford, Route 1, Box 261, Rockingham, N. C. » 

H. S. Clark, Route 1, Gibson, N. C. *-" 

R. R. Shepherd, P. O. Box 284, Hamlet, N. C. *-*" 

J. A. Atkinson, 403 S. King St. Fayetteville, N. C. *^ _ 

J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. fljj* I 

^ ORDAINING COUNCIL 

Revs. J. W. Sanford, Angus Prevatte, and R. L. Clark. 



EXECUTIVE BOARD 

Rev. J. W. Sanford Chairman 

Rev. Angus Prevatte Assistant Chairman 

Rev. J. A. Atkinson Hickory Grove Church 

G. H. Carver Sandy Grove Church 

J. P. Huffman Highland Pines Church 



CHURCHES— Church Clerk and Address 

Mount Moriah— Mrs. H. L-Norto m Hamlet , N C _____„ ^S ay~t>& 

Sandy Grove— Mrs. iillen Thames7 "Route 1, Parkton, N. C. 
X Hickory Grove— Mr. Ed Bryant, Route 3, Fayetteville, N. C. 



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Highland Pines— Mrs. E. R. Covington, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. i/ 

Mount Calvary— Mr. Dannie Sanford. (Write to Rev. J. W. Sanforc 
Rockingham, N. C. ) 

Bethlehem— (Write to Rev. H. S. Clark, Route 1, Gibson, N. C.) 

Piney Plains-( Write to Rev. R. R. Sheppard, P. O. Box 284, Hamlet, N. C.) fl*-^ 

St. John- (Write to Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C.)^X" 



PROCEEDINGS 



The Forty-Fifth annual session of the Rockfish Conference of the Original Free 
Will Baptists of the State of North Carolina, met in session with Hickory Grove 
Church near Rockfish Station, Cumberland County, N. C, on October 9 and 10, 
1953. 

FRIDAY MORNING 

Song by congregation— "Sunshine in the Soul." 

Prayer by Rev. W. B. Raper. 

Song by congregation— "Blessed Assurance." 

In the absence of Rev. J. W. Sanford, Moderator, members present elected 
Rev. Angus Prevatte to act as Moderator; also elected Brother W. H. Edwards to 
serve as Clerk for first day of session. 

The delegates present for the first day were as follows: Mrs. Neil Jackson and 
Mrs. Nellie Edwards of Sandy Grove Church; Mrs. Georgia Maness and Mrs. Ruth 
Jenkins of Mt. Moriah Church; and Mr. Jessie Lee of Hickory Grove Church. 

At this time the moderator welcomed the visiting ministers who were as fol- 
lows: Rev. W. B. Raper and Rev. C. B. Craddock of the Central Conference. 

A Devotional Committee was appointed as follows: Brothers H. P. Hodges, 
Jessie Lee, and Roy Johnson. 

Rev. Angus Prevatte gave the report of the Ordaining Council as follows: 
Received one application for the ministry: Mr. Joe David Liles of Highland Pines. 

The Devotional Committee requested Rev. C. B. Craddock to preach at eleven 
o'clock. 

Rev. W. B. Raper, who was chosen as our Promotional Secretary for the Free 
Will Baptist of North Carolina, by our State Convention at its last session, gave a 
talk mostly concerning his new duties, and also requesting our support which he 
justly deserves. Brother, Raper, requested each church to send a delegate to the 
next session of the N. C. State Convention which meets at our Orphanage at 
Midldesex, N. C, September 1954. He also asked the Rockfish Conference to send 
a member of its Ordaining Council to a future meeting of one minister from each 
Conference to formulate a uniform examination for each candidate for the ministry 
to pass or answer satisfactorily before ordination by our denomination. Brother 
Raper stated that these men are supposed to consider only the principles of the 
Free Will Baptist doctrine and not to draw up an examination that would tend to 
discriminate against those that are handicapped by little or no literary education. 

Rev. Angus Prevatte was elected to go to the meeting mentioned by Brother 
Raper. The conference also voted to bear the expenses of this trip. 

Eleven O'clock Worship Hour 
Song by congregation— "Tell It to Jesus." 
Prayer by Rev. Angus Prevatte. 

Sermon by Rev. C. B. Craddock, reading from 2 Kings, fifth chapter, first 
through the fourteenth verses. Rev. Craddock brought a fine and timely message, 
warning people against self-exaltation, and urging people to accept the calling of 
Christ, no matter how humble. 

Song by congregation— "Sweet By and By." 

Dismissed with prayer by Rev. C. W. Bennett. 

Dinner was served on the church grounds at the noon hour, and enjoyed by all 
present. 



FRIDAY AFTERNOON 

Songs by congregation— "Standing On the Promises," and "Stepping In the 
Light." 

Prayer by Rev. C. W. Bennett. 

Due to such a small attendance, the moderator asked those present to consider 
reducing conference days from two to one day. 

The following committees were appointed at this time: 
Resolution Committee: W. H. Edwards, Chairman; Mrs. Mattie Norton; Jessie Lee; 

and H. P. Hodges. 
Credentials Committee: Rev. Angus Prevatte, Chairman; Mrs. Nellie Edwards; Roy 
Johnson; and Jessie Lee. 
Song by congregation— "There Shall Be Showers of Blessings." 
Moved and carried to adjourn. 
Dismissed by prayer. 

SECOND DAY 

Saturday Morning 

Song by congregation— "My Faith Looks Up to Thee." 

Prayer by Rev. J. A. Atkinson. 

Rev. R. R. Sheppard served as song leader, a job he can do wonderfully well. 

Devotional reading, thirty-second Psalm by Rev. Sheppard. 

Minutes of previous day's doings were read by clerk. Moved and carried to 
adopt minutes as read. 

Roll call of ministers present for the second day of the conference. Those pres- 
ent were as follows: Revs. Angus Prevatte, Steve English, C. W. Bennett, J. W. 
Sanford, R. R. Sheppard, Joe David Liles, and J. A. Atkinson. 

Visiting ministers present for the second day were: Rev. M. L. Baxley of the 
Pee Dee Association and Rev. C. B. Hopkins of the Piedmont Association. 

It is an urgent matter for all of our ministers to attend their annual conference, 
also for them to urge the members of the various churches to attend. With only one 
day to observe, truly this will not work a hardship on the most of us. Those of us 
who have means of conveyance, let us volunteer to bring someone. The main pur- 
pose of our conference is for the sister churches to band together for a short time 
for Christian fellowship, and to attend to what small matters of business that is at 
hand. Remember, my beloved brethren, though small in number we may be, large 
in the Spirit of Jesus Christ we can be if we'll only let Him be with us. We have 
ourselves to blame if we fall by the side of the road. Also remember that each 
and everyone of the sections of our United Program set up by our State Convention 
are Christian endeavors and deserves our support, to the best of our ability.— Clerk. 

Committees were appointed as follows: 

Sabbath School: Brothers Ander Ratley and Dannie Sanford. 

Education: Revs. J. A. Atkinson and R. R. Sheppard. 

Orphanage: Brothers W. F. Peele and Jessie Lee. 

Missions: Rev. Angus Prevatte and Mrs. Nellie Edwards. 

Superannuation: Brother H. P. Hodges and Mrs. Dannie Sanford. 

The Committees listed above are to report their recommendations to the 
conference at the next session, October 1954. 

At this time the question of observing one day for conference was discussed. 
It was moved and carried to observe Saturday before the second Sunday in the 
month of October for purpose of holding conference, and to meet at 9:00 a. m. 

It was moved and carried to abide bv the Treatise of the N. C. State Convention 



of Free Will Baptist as to church rules and regulations, also doctrines of Free Will 
Baptist denomination, etc. 

Reason for above motion was that a question arose as to letters of dismission, 
transfers, and recommendation. As a, band of people feel that all such matters are 
well covered by our State Treatise, and to save time and trouble, all we have to do 
is obtain a copy of the Treatise, then look and read and be lead accordingly. 

Moved and carried to recess for fifteen minutes. 

The Devotional Committee requested Rev. J. D. Liles to preach at the morning 
worship hour. 

Song by congregation— "I Am Thine O Lord." 

Prayer by Brother John Patterson. 

Song leader. Rev. R. R. Sheppard. 

The eleven o'clock worship service opened with a song by the congregation, 
"I Am Resolved." 

Prayer by Rev. Steve English, followed by another song, "Take the Name of 
esus. 

Duet by Rev. and Mrs. Steve English, "Home, Sweet Home." 
Sermon by Rev. J. D. Liles, reading for his text, St. Matthew 27:4. His sub- 
ject was, "I have sinned in that I have betrayed innocent blood." A fine sermon, 
well delivered. 

Rev. J. A. Atkinson, pastor of Hickory Grove, welcomed the congregation to 
stay for dinner. 

Dismissed with prayer by Rev. Angus Prevatte. 

Dinner served on the grounds at the noon hour. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Song by congregation— "Let Him In." 

Prayer by Rev. R. R. Sheppard. 

Devotional reading by Rev. Steve English, reading St. John 15. 

Song by congregation— "When We All Get to Heaven." 

Duet by Rev. and Mrs. Steve English. 

Rev. Steve English was elected to serve as Assistant Moderator of the Rock- 
fish Conference. 

Rev. Joe David Liles vvas given the right hand of fellowship. Everyone present 
seemed very glad to have Rev. Liles as a member of the conference. 

Moved and carried for Clerk to mail minutes to pastor of each church. 
The following churches reported by letter: 

Pineij Plains: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when convened 
with Hickory Crove Church, Raeford, North Carolina, October 10, 1953. We 
report by letter as follows: State of religion, good; members received past twelve 
months, 12; dismissed, 9; total membership, 28; condition of. prayer meeting, good; 
condition of Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 70; number of officers, 
4; number of teachers, 3. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $88.18; paid evangelist, $137.35; building and repairs, 
$72.13; paid publication, $21.50; enclosed for minutes, $5.00; orphanage, $39.90. 

Pastor, Rev. Ralph Sheppard, P. O. Box 284, Raeford, N. C. 

Done by order of Piney Plains Church assembled in conference this first day 
of October, 1953. 

Ralph Sheppard, Moderator 
Annie Hommands, Clerk 



Mount Colvary: To the Rockfish Assoication of Free Will Baptists when con- 
vened with the Hickory Grove Church at Raeford, North Carolina, October 10, 
1953. We send as delegates our beloved Brother and Sister Dannie Sanford, whom 
we pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. Statistics: State 
of religion, good; members received past twelve months, 1; total membership, 38; 
5; died, 2; total membership, 41; condition of prayer meeting, good; condition of 
Sunday school, fair; number of pupils, 40; number of officers, 3; number of teachers, 
4. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $520.00; paid evangelist, $75.00; buildings and repairs, 
S3,000.00; enclosed for minutes, $5.00. 

Pastor, Rev. James W. Sanford, Rockingham, N. C. 

Done by order of Mount Calvary Church assembled in conference this fourth 
day of October, 1953. 

Rev. J. W. Sanford, Moderator 
Dannie Sanford, Clerk 

Hickory Grove: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when con- 
vened with the Hickory Grove Church at Baeford, North Carolina, October 10, 
1953. We send as delegates our beloved brethren, Jessie Lee and Ed Bryant whom 
we pra you to receive to sit with you in your Godly deliberations. Statistics: State 
of religion, good; members received in past twelve months, 1; total membership, 38; 
condition of prayer meeting, good; condition of Sunday school, good; average num- 
ber of pupils, 40; number of officers, 1; number of teachers, 3. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $327.90; paid evangelist, $46.48; building and repairs, 
$1,278.14; enclosed for minutes, $5.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church are J. H. Atkinson and J. A. Atkinson. 
Pastor, J. A. Atkinson, 403 S. King St., Fayetteville, N. C. 

Done by order of Hickory Grove Church assembled in conference this fourth 
day of October 1953. 

J. A. Atkinson, Moderator 

Ed Bryant, Clerk 

Remarks: We have called Rev. J. A. Atkinson for our pastor for the coming 
year. Our pastor has donated to our church $385.00. 

Sandy Grove: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when convened 
with the Hickory Grove Church at Raeford, N. C, October 9 and 10, 1953. We 
send as delegates our beloved sisters Mrs. Neil Jackson, Mrs. Henry Edwards and 
Mrs. Raymond Johnson, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your god- 
ly deliberations. Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past twelve 
months, 1; total membership, 50; condition of prayer meeting, good; condition of 
Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 50; number of officers, 4; number 
of teachers, 3. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $157.25; paid evangelist, $35.00; for publication, $16.00; 
enclosed for minutes, $10.00. Ministers belonging to our church are, Rev. Angus 
Prevatte, Raeford, N. C, Rev. A. J. Pearson, and Rev. C. W. Bennett, both of St. 
Pauls, N. C. Pastor, Rev. Angus Prevatte, Raeford, N. C. 

Done by order of Sandy Grove Church assembled in conference this fourth 
day of October, 1953. 

Rev. Angus Prevatte, Moderator 

Mrs. Ellen Thames, Clerk 

Bethlehem: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when convened 
with the Hickory Grove Church at Raeford, North Carolina, October 9, 1953. We 
send as delegates our beloved brethren Frank Hunt and Thomas Hunt, whom we 
pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. Statistics: State of 
religion, fair; dismissed, 2; died, 1; total membership, 14. 

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Finance: Paid pastor, .$182.40 and enclosed for minutes, $5.00. Minister be- 
longing to our church is Rev. H. S. Clark, Route 1, Gibson, N. C. 
Pastor, Rev. H. S. Clark, Route 1, Gibson, N. C. 

Done by order of Bethlehem Church assembled in conference this third day of 
October, 1953. 

Rev. H. S. Clark, Moderator 

Albentias Hunt, Clerk 

Remarks: We have called Rev. H. S. Clark to serve as oastor for the year 
of 1954. 

Highland Pines: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when con- 
vened with the Hickory Grove Church at Raeford, North Carolina, October 9 and 
10, 1953. We send as delegates our beloved Sister Stella English and Brother 
Dewey Wilson, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly delibera- 
tions. Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past twelve months, 6; 
baptized, 6; total membership, 91; condition of prayer meeting, good; condition of 
Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 85; number of teachers, 6. Finances: 
Paid pastor, 83,385.00; paid evangelist, $150.00; Home Mission, est., $200.00; 
building and repairs, est., $3,000.00; for education, $39.40; for publication, $150.00. 
Ministers belonging to our church are, Rev. Frank Sandford, Route 2, Hamlst, 
N. C, and Rev. David Liles, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Pastor, Wintford Floyd, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Done by order of Highland Pines Church assembled in conference August, 
1953. 

Rev. Wintford Floyd, Moderator 

Mrs. E. R. Covington, Clerk 

Remarks: We have sent $5.00 to each conference annually and quarterly, 
however, we have not received any minutes for last year. 

Mount Moriah: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists which con- 
vened with the Hickory Grove Church at Raeford, North Carolina, October 9 and 
10, 1953. We send as delegates our beloved Sisters Georgia Maness and Ruth 
Jenkins, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. 
Statistics: State of religion, good; total membership, 22; condition of Sunday school, 
fair; average number of pupils, 25; number of officers, 2; number of teachers, 3. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $315.57; paid evangelist, $88.85; building and repairs, 
S63.00; enclosed for minutes, $10.00; orphanage, $10.00. Minister belonging to 
our church is, Rev. R. L. Clark, Route 1, Hamlet, N. C. Pastor, Rev. Angus Pre- 
vatte, Raeford, N. C. 

Done by order of Mount Moriah Church assembled in conference this twenty- 
seventh day of September, 1953. 

Rev. Angus Prevatte, Moderator 

Mrs. H. L. Norton, Clerk 

St. John: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists, when convened 
with the Hickory Grove Church, at Raeford, North Carolina, October 10, 1953. 
We send as delegates our beloved Sisters Robin McLain and Mary Lizzie McLain, 
whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. Statistics: 
State of religion, good; members received past twelve months, 3; baptized, 1; died, 
1; total membership, 80; condition of prayer meeting, fair; condition of Sunday 
school, good; average number of pupils, 68; number of officers, 5; number of 
teachers, 5. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $338.87; paid evangelist, $62.00; home mission, $30.00; 
orphanage, $30.00; building and repairs, $100.00; for education, $20.00; church 
expenses, $150.00; enclosed for minutes, $5.00. Ministers belonging to our church 



are, Rev. George \V. Huestess, Route 1, Patrick, S. C, and Rev. Jessie Brown, 
Route 2, Chesterfield, S. C. Pastor, Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Done by order of St. John Church assembled in conference this tenth day of 
October, 1953. 

Rev. Steve English, Moderator 
Sister W. M. Myers, Clerk 

Remarks: We are proud of our church, and the valuation is $10,000.00. Total 
money passed through our church, $880.81. Treasure $200.00. 

Moved and carried to accept church letters as read by Clerk. 

At this time an offering was taken for Superannuation, which came to $10.10, 
of which $10.00 was sent to our Promotional Secretary. 

STANDING COMMITTEES 

Ordaining Council: Revs. J. W. Sanford, Chairman; Angus Prevatte; and R. L. 
Clark. 

Executive Board: Revs. J. W. Sanford, Angus Prevatte, J. A. Atkinson, Brothers G. 
H. Carver, and J. P. Hoffman. 

OFFICERS OF CONFERENCE 

Rev. J. W. Sanford Moderator 

Rev. Steve English Assistant Moderator 

Mrs. H. L. Norton Treasurer 

William H. Edwards, Route 1, Hope Mills, North Carolina Secretary 

The Forty-Sixth annual session of the Rockfish Conference, will by the grace of 
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, convene with Mount Calvary F. W. B. Church, 
Hamlet, N. C, on Saturday before the second Sunday in October, 1954. 

Closing song— "Send the Light." 

Each and everyone present this year really enjoyed the meeting, and I am sure 
appreciated the hospitality shown by Hickory Grove Church.— Clerk. 

Moved and carried to adjourn. 
Dismissal prayer by Brother W. F. Peele. 

Rev. J. W. Sanford, Moderator 
W. H. Edwards, Clerk 




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MINUTES 


of the 




Forty-Sixth Annual 


Session 


of the 




ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 


of the 




Original Free Will 


Baptists 


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Held with 




MOUNT CALVARY CHURCH 


Richmond County, Hamlet, 


N. C. 


October 9, 1954 





MINUTES 

of the 

Forty-Sixth Annual Session 

of the 

ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 

of the 

Original Free Will Baptists 



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Held with 

MOUNT CALVARY CHURCH 

Richmond County, Hamlet, N. C. 

October 9, 1954 



OFFICERS 

Moderator, Rev. W. R. Floyd, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 
Assistant Moderator, Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 
Secretary, Mr. W. H. Edwards, Route 1, Hope Mills, N. C. 
Treasurer, Mrs. Mattie Norton, Hamlet, N. C. 

CHURCHES - CHURCH CLERKS AND ADDRESSES 

Sandy Grove— Mrs. Ellen Thames, Route 1, Parkton, N. C. 

Mt. Moriah— Mrs. Mattie Norton, Hamlet, N. C. 

Highland Pines-Mrs. E. R. Covington, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Hickory Grove— Mr. Ed Bryant, Route 3, Fayetteville, N. C. 

St. John-Mrs. W. M. Myers, Patrick, S. C. 

Mt. Calvary— Mr. Danny Sanford. 

Bethlehem-Albentia Hunt (Write Rev. H. S. Clark, Route 1, Gibson, N. C.) 

ORDAINED MINISTERS 

Angus Prevatte, 420 West Donaldson Avenue, Raeford, N. C. 

Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

C. W. Bennett, Route 2, St. Pauls, N. C. 

R. L. Clark, Hamlet, N. C. 

A. J. Pearson, St. Pauls, N. C. 

J. H. Tyson, Raeford, N. C. 

Frank Sanford, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

J. W. Sanford, Route 1, Box 261, Rockingham, N. C. 

H. S. Clark, Route 1, Gibson, N. C. 

R. R. Sheppard, P. O. Box 284, Hamlet, N. C. 

J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C, Telephone 1273 W. 

G. W. Huestas, Patrick, S. C. 

W. M. Lovick, Cumberland Mills, N. C. 

ORDAINING COUNCIL 

Rev. W. R. Floyd, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Rev. J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. 

Rev. R. R. Sheppard, P. O. Box 284, Hamlet, N. C. 

Mr. H. P. Hodges, Route 2, Box 42, Hamlet, N. C. (Deacon) 

EXECUTIVE BOARD 

Rev. W. R. Floyd, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. (Chairman) 

Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. (Assistant Chairman) 

Mr. Wm. H. Edwards, Route 1, Hope Mills, N. C. 

Rev. J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. 

Mr. Wesley McLain, Route 2, Patrick, S. C. 



APPOINTED COMMITTEES 

Sabbath School 

Rev. J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. (Chairman) 
Mr. Jesse Lee, Route 3, Fayetteville, N. C. 

Education 

Mrs. Bernice Norton, 622 Washington Avenue, Hamlet, N. C. (Chairman) 
Mrs. Stella English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Orphanage 

Mr. Wesley McLain, Route 2, Patrick, S. C. (Chairman) 
Mrs. Mattie Norton, Hamlet, N. C. 

Missions 

Rev. Angus Prevatte, 420 West Donaldson Avenue, Raeford, N. C. (Chairman) 
Rev. J. W. Sanford, Route 1, Box 261, Rockingham, N. C. 

Superannuation 

Doris Hearne, Route 2, Box 94, Rockingham, N. C. (Chairman) 
Rev. W. M. Lovick, Cumberland Mills, N. C. 



PROCEEDINGS 



The Forty-Sixth Annual Session of the Rockfish Conference of the Original 
Free Will Baptists of the state of North Carolina met with Mount Calvary Church, 
Richmond County, Hamlet, N. C, on October 9, 1954. 

MORNING SESSION 

The meeting was called to order by the moderator, Reverend J. W. Sanford, 
at 9:30 a. m. 

Song by the congregation— "Just as I Am." 

Prayer— Reverend Angus Prevatte. 

Song by the congregation— "I Feel Like Traveling On." 

Fellowship was enjoyed by all present by greeting and shaking of hands. 

Visiting ministers were recognized and made welcome. They were as fol- 
lows: Reverend Paul Brown, Piedmont; Rev. J. C. Rogers, Piedmont; Reverend 
C. B. Hopkins, Piedmont; Reverend A. C. Alford, Pee Dee; Reverend W. R. 
Floyd, Piedmont. 

The roll was called of ministers belonging to the Rockfish Conference, and 
those present were: Angus Prevatte, Steve English, R. L. Clark, J. W. Sanford, 
R. R. Sheppard, and J. D. Liles. 

The following delegates were present: Reverend W. R. Floyd, Sister Bernice 
Norton, Brother Hubert Norton, Sister Ada Norton, Sister Wesley McLain, and 
Sister Ruth Jenkins. 



Reverend C. B. Hopkins read Psalm 139 as a devotional Bible reading. 

The moderator appointed the Devotional Committee as follows: Mrs. Wesley 
McLain, Mrs. Mattie Norton, and Reverend Steve English. 

Reverend W. R. Floyd, delegate from the Highland Pines Church, spoke at 
this time of his trip to the State Convention. Reverend Floyd also stated that our 
quota of funds to be raised for our orphanage this next year was the sum of 
$1,000.00. He urged the pastors of the churches and everyone to get out and 
fight to put this cause over the top. 

The Devotional Committee reported as follows: 

We, the Devotional Committee, request that Reverend W. R. Floyd preach 
at the morning worship hour. 

A motion was made and carried that the clerk notify the various committees 
to have their reports ready for the next session with the following amendment: 
The clerk must notify each committee not less than thirty days before next con- 
ference. 

Reverend R. R. Sheppard reported that Piney Plains Church had withdrawn 
themselves from the Rockfish Conference and requested that the name of the 
church be removed from tire roster of the Rockfish Conference. 

A motion was made and carried that Piney Plains Church be removed from 
our list of churches this ninth day of October, 1954. 

A motion was made and carried that each church clerk write to the Con- 
ference clerk and give the evaluation of its church property, this action to be 
taken before the minutes are published so that the information could be included 
as information for state and national statistics. 

A motion was made and carried to reduce the fee paid the clerk from $15.00 
per year to $10.00 per year (Requested by present clerk). 

The treasurer reported as follows: 

Collections from churches $45.00 

Collection at Conference for superannuation, Oct. 10, 1953 10.10 

Total collections $55.10 

Paid clerk $15.00 

Paid for minutes and postage 35.34 

Paid to superannuation 10.00 

Total paid out .._ $60.34 

A call was made for church letters, and letters from the following churches 
were read: Mount Moriah, Mount Calvary, Bethlehem, Sandy Grove, St. John, 
Highland Pines, and Hickory Grove. 

A motion was made and carried that the letters be received as read (See 
church letters). 

At this time the conference was recessed until 11:00 a.m. 

Song by the congregation— "When the Roll is Called up Yonder." 

Prayer— Reverend Paul Brown. 



Song by the congregation— "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." 

Sermon— Reverend W. R. Floyd from Job 23:10. His topic was: "Seemingly 
We Have Lost; However, We Have Won." Reverend Floyd sang what he said 
was his favorite song: "I'd Rather Have Jesus." He sang the song well, and de- 
livered a wonderful sermon. 

Song by the congregation— '"Stand By Me." 

The body was dismissed for lunch with prayer by W. H. Edwards. 

A very fine lunch was served at the church. The conference thanks those who 
gave time and goods to make the dinner possible. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 
The conference reconvened at 1:00 p.m. 
Song by the congregation— "When We All Get to Heaven." 
Prayer— Brother Jesse Lee. 

Devotional Bible reading— Reverend J. D. Liles read Ephesians 2. 
A motion was made, amended and carried as follows: A program be made 
i.nd followed at our next session, the executive committee making the program. 

Officers were elected (See Officers). 

The Executive Committee was elected (See Executive Board). 

The Ordaining Council was elected (See Ordaining Council). 

At this time the request of Reverend J. A. Atkinson was brought before the 
conference. Reverend Atkinson was not present but Reverend Steve English, 
Reverend R. R. Sheppard, and Brother Jesse Lee all stated that Reverend Atkin- 
son requested that his name be removed from the list of ministers belonging to 
the Rockfish Conference. 

A motion was made and carried that the name of Reverend J. A. Atkinson 
be removed from our roll of ministers. 

Brother W. M. Lovick of Cumberland Mills, N. C, after passing the require- 
ments necessary to become a Free Will Baptist minister, was ordained by prayer 
and the laying on of hands by the ministers of the ordaining council present. 
Reverend W. M. Lovick was given his Certificate of Ordination, October 9, 1954. 

A motion was made and carried to accept invitation extended by the delegates 
from St. John Church to hold the next session of the Conference at St. John 
Church. 

The forty-seventh annual session of the Rockfish Conference will, by the 
grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, convene with St. John Free Will 
Baptist Church, Patrick, S. C, on Saturday before the second Sunday in October, 
1955. 

A motion was made and carried to adjourn. 

The body was dismissed with prayer by Reverend Paul Brown. 

CHURCH LETTERS 

Mt. Moriah: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists, when con- 
vened with the Mt. Calvary Church at Hamlet, N. C, October 9, 1954, we send 
as delegates our beloved sisters, Ruth Jenkins and Bernice Norton, with Hubert 



Norton as alternate, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly 
deliberations. 

Statistics: state of religion, good; number died, 2; total membership, 20; con- 
dition of Sunday school, fair; average number of pupils, 25; number of officers, 3; 
number of teachers, 3. 

Finances: paid pastor, $229.25; foreign missions, $11.00; enclosed for minutes, 
$10.00; paid orphanage, $58.00; paid superannuation, $10.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Reverend R. L. Clark, Route 1, Hamlet, 
N. C. 

Pastor's name and address: Rev. J. W. Sanford, Airport Rd., Rockingham, 
N. C. 

Done by order of conference this third day of October, 1954. 

Reverend David Liles, Moderator. 
Mrs. Mattie Norton, Clerk. 

Mt. Calvary: To the Rockfish Conference (Association) of Free Will Baptists, 
when convened with the Mt. Calvary Church at Rockingham, N. O, October 9, 
1954, we send as delegates our beloved sisters, Ada Norton and Viola Ford, whom 
we pray you to receive to sit with you in your deliberations. 

Statistics: state of religion, good; members received this year, 3; total mem- 
bership, 56; condition of Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 40; 
number of officers, 2; number of teachers, 4. 

Finances: paid pastor, $480.00; paid evangelist, $75.00; paid for building and 
repairs, $360.00; paid for publication, $8.00; amount enclosed for minutes, $5.00. 

Pastor's name and address: Reverend J. W. Sanford, 911 Airport Road, 
Rockingham, N. C. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Ralph Shennard and Thomas Williams. 

Done by order of Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church in conference this 
eighteenth day of September, 1954. 

Reverend J. W. Sanford, Moderator. 
Dannie Sanford, Clerk. 

Bethlehem: To the Rockfish Conference (Annual Conference) of Free Will 
Baptists, when convened with Mount Calvary Church at Rockingham, N. C, Oc- 
tober 9, 1954, we send as delegates our beloved brethren, Frank and Thomas 
Hunt, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. 

Statistics: state of religion, fair; members received past three months, 1; died, 
1; total membership, 14. 

Finances: paid pastor, $234.30; enclosed for minutes, $2.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. H. S. Clark, Gibson, N. C. 

Pastor's name and address: Rev. H. S. Clark, Gibson, N. C. 

Done by order of Bethlehem Church in conference this second day of Oc- 
tober, 1954. 



Remarks: We have called the Rev. H. S. Clark to serve as pastor for the 
year of 1955. 

Rev. H. S. Clark, Moderator. 
Albentia Hunt, Clerk. 

Sandy Grove: To the Rockfish Association of Free Will Baptists, when con- 
vened with Mt. Calvary Church at Hamlet, N. C, October 9, 1954, we send as 
delegates our beloved brother, Jerry Budd, and sister, Lynez Johnson, whom we 
pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. 

Statistics: state of religion, good; total membership, 58; condition of Sunday 
school, good; average number of pupils, 45; number of officers, 4; number of 
teachers, 4. 

Finances: paid pastor, $120.00; paid for publication, $16.00; enclosed for 
minutes, $10.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. Angus Prevatte, Raeford, N. C; Rev. 
C. W. Bennett, St. Pauls, N. C; Rev. A. J. Pearson, St. Pauls, N. C. 

Pastor's name and address: Rev. Steve English, Rockingham, N. C. 

Done by order of Sandy Grove Church in conference this third day of Oc- 
tober, 1954. 

Wm. H. Edwards, Moderator. 
Mrs. Ellen Thomas, Clerk. 

St. John: To the Rockfish Conference (Yearly Meeting) of Free Will Bap- 
tists, when convened with Mt. Calvary Church at Rockingham, N. C, October 9, 
1954, we send our beloved sister, Mary Lizzie McLain, whom we pray you to 
receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. 

Statistics: state of religion, good; members received past three months, 2; 
baptized, 2; total membership, 80; condition of prayer meeting, good; condition 
of Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 65; number of officers, 5; num- 
ber of teachers, 5. 

Finances: paid pastor, $275.00; paid evangelist, $50.00; paid home missions, 
$50.00; paid visiting pastors, $75.00; building and repairs, $25.00; for publica- 
tion, $52.00; enclosed for minutes, $5.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. G. W. Huestas, Rev. Jessie Brown, 
Bev. Steve English. 

Pastor's name and address: Rev. Steve English, Hamlet, N. C. 
Done by order of St. John Church in conference this eleventh day of October, 
1954. 

Rev. Steve English, Moderator. 

Mrs. W. M. Myers, Clerk. 

Remarks: There has been the amount of $532.60 which has passed through 
the treasury of our church this year. 

Highland Pines: To the Rockfish Conference (Annual Conference) of Free Will 
Baptists, when convened with the Mount Calvary Church at Rockingham, N. C, 
October 9, 1954, we send as delegates our beloved sister, Stella English, and bro- 



ther, W. R. Floyd, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly 
deliberations. 

Statistics: state of religion, good; members received past three months, 7; 
baptized, 4; dismissed, 1; died, 1; total membership, 94; condition of prayer meet- 
ing, good; condition of Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 87; num- 
ber of teachers, 6. 

Finances: paid pastor $3,380.00; paid evangelist, $175.00; paid home mis- 
sions, $460.00; building and repairs, $660.00; education, $98.00; publication, $7.00; 
enclosed for minutes, $5.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. Frank Sanford, Route 2, Hamlet, 
N. C; Rev. David Liles. 

Pastor's name and address: Rev. W. R. Floyd, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Done by order of Highland Pines Church in conference this ninth day of 
October, 1954. 

W. R. Floyd, Moderator. 
Mrs. E. R. Covington, Clerk. 

Hickory Grove: To the Rockfish Conference (Annual Meeting) of Free Will 
Baptists, when convened with Mount Calvary Church at Rockingham, N. C, on 
October 9, 1954, we send as delegates our beloved Jesse Lee, Andrew Ratty, and 
Nannie Bunch, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly de- 
liberations. 

Statistics: state of religion, good; members received past three months, 5; 
baptized, 1; dismissed, 10; total membership, 24; condition of prayer meeting, 
good; condition of Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 65; number of 
officers, 3; number of teachers, 3. 

Finances: paid pastor, $133.05; paid evangelist, $2.30; building and repairs, 
$426.95; enclosed for minutes, $5.00. 

Pastor's name and address: Rev. Angus Prevatte, Raeford, N. C. 

Done by order of Hickory Grove Church in conference this third day of 
October, 1954. 

Angus Prevatte, Moderator. 
Ed Bryant, Clerk. 

Remarks: We have called Rev. Angus Prevatte as our pastor for the coming 
year. 



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MINUTES 

of the 

Forty-Seventh Annual Session 

of the 

ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 

of the 

Original Free Will Baptists 



Held with 

ST. JOHN FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Patrick, South Carolina 

October 8, 1955 



MINUTES 

of the 

Forty-Seventh Annual Session 

of the 

ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 

of the 

Original Free Will Baptists 



Held with 

ST. JOHN FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Patrick, South Carolina 

October 8, 1955 



OFFICERS 

Moderator, Rev. W. R. Floyd, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 
Assistant Moderator, Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 
Secretary, Mr. W. H. Edwards, Route 1, Hope Mills, N. C. 
Treasurer, Mrs. Lillie Mae Bunnell, Route 2, Box 48-A, Parkton, N. C. 

CHURCHES, CHURCH CLERKS AND ADDRESSES 

Sandy Grove— Mrs. Ellen Thames, Route 1, Parkton, N. C. 

Highland Pines-Mrs. E. R. Covington, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Hickory Grove-Mr. Ed Bryant, Route 3, Fayetteville, N. C. 

St. John-Mrs. W. M. Myers, Patrick, S. C. 

Mt. Calvary— Mrs. Margaret Brigman. 

Bethlehem-Albentia. Hunt. (Write to Rev. H. S. Clark, Route 1, Gibson, N. C.) 

ORDAINED MINISTERS 

W. R. Floyd, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

C. W. Bennett, Route 2, St. Pauls, N. C. 

R. L. Clark, Hamlet, N. C. 

A. J. Pearson, St. Pauls, N. C. 

J. H. Tyson, Raeford, N. C. 

Frank Sanford, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

J. W. Sanford, Route 1, Box 261, Rockingham, N. C. 

H. S. Clark, Route 1, Gibson, N. C. 

R. R. Sheppard, P. O. Box 284, Hamlet, N. C. 

G. W. Huestas, Patrick, S. C. 

W. M. Lovick, Cumberland Mills, N. C. 

Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 

Sam Parks, General Delivery, East Rockingham, N. C. 

C. B. Hopkins, Rockingham, N. C. 

Charles Maness, 10 East Wade St., Wadesboro, N. C. 

ORDAINING COUNCIL 

Rev. W. R. Floyd, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Rev. R. R. Sheppard, P. O. Box 284, Hamlet, N. C. 

Rev. Charles Maness, 10 East Wade St., Wadesboro, N. C. 

Rev. C. B. Hopkins, Rockingham, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE BOARD 

Rev. W. R. Floyd, Chairman, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Rev. Steve English, Assistant Chairman, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Mr. William H. Edwards, Route 1, Hope Mills, N. C. 

Mr. Wesley McLain, Route 2, Patrick, S. C. 

Rev. Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 



SABBATH SCHOOL BOARD 

Mr. Jesse Lee, Chairman, Route 3, Fayetteville, N. C. 
Mr. Bill Bunnell, Route 2, Box 48-A, Parkton, N. C. 

EDUCATION BOARD 

Mrs. Steve English, Chairman, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 
Mr. Wesley McLain, Route 2, Patrick, S. C. 

ORPHANAGE BOARD 

Rev. Lee Therrell, Chairman, 606 Holly Ave., Kannapolis, N. C. 
Mr. J. W. McLain, Patrick, S. C. 

MISSION BOARD 

Rev. J. W. Sanford, Chairman, Route 1, Box 261, Rockingham, N. C. 
Martha Carpenter, Hamlet, N. C. 

SUPERANNUATION BOARD 



Rev. W. M. Lovick, Chairman, Cumberland, N. C. 
Leona Bunnell, Route 2, Parkton, N. C. 



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PROCEEDINGS 

The forty-seventh annual session of the Rockfish Conference of the Original 
Free Will Baptists of the state of North Carolina met with St. John Free Will 
Baptist Church, Patrick, S. C, on October 8, 1955. 

MORNING SESSION 

The meeting was called to order by the Rev. W. R. Floyd at 9:15 a. m. 

Song by the congregation, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." 

Devotions by Rev. Angus Prevatt, reading from Colossians 3, beginning with 
Verse 1. 

Welcome address by the pastor of the host church, the Rev. Lee Therrell, with 
response by the Rev. W. R. Floyd. 

The visiting ministers that were present are as follows: Revs. Lee Therrell, 
Piedmont Association; R. H. Jackson, Orphanage; N. B. Barrow, Lucama, N. C; 
C. B. Hopkins, Piedmont Association; Sam Parks, Piedmont Association; Charles. 
Maness, Piedmont Association. 

The delegates from the various churches were recognized and welcomed at this 
time. Those present were: Sister Martha Carpenter, Highland Pines; Sister Juanita 
Floyd, Highland Pines; Sister Stella English, Highland Pines; Brother J. E. Gainey, 
St. John; Sister Ethel Chavis, Mt. Calvary; Sister Hattie Sweatt, Mt. Calvary; Sister 
Lillie Bunnell, Hickory Grove; Sister Leona Bunnell, Hickory Grove; Sister Thelma 
Bunnell, Hickory Grove; Sister Ethelyen Sheppard, Hickory Grove. 

At this time a memorial service was held in memory of our beloved sister, Mrs. 
Mattie Norton, one who never failed to serve when called upon. Her faithfulness 
is an example for us all. Sister Norton was the conference treasurer when taken 
from our midst. 

At 9:45 a. m. a business session was held. The clerk read the minutes of last 
year's meeting. 

The roll was called of ministers. Those present were: Revs: Angus Prevatt, 
R. L. Clark, R. R. Sheppard and J. D. Liles. 

A call was made for church letters and the churches that were represented 
were: Highland Pines, Sandy Grove, Hickory Grove, St. John and Mt. Calvary. 
Each letter was read by the clerk to the assembly. A motion was made and carried 
to receive church letters as read. ( See church letters. ) 

A pulpit committee was appointed by the moderator as follows: Rev. J. D. 
Liles, Rev. Sam Parks and Sister Thelma Bunnell. 

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT 

This is the report that was read by the clerk and is as follows: 

To the Rockfish Conference, when assembled on October 8, 1955, we, your 
executive board, do make the following report: 

1. During this conference year we met with the Free Will Baptist Church at 
Antioch, N. C, for the purpose of that church becoming a member of the Rockfish 



Conference. After learning of a controversy within that church, we informed the 
church to settle its difficulty, then present itself for membership. 

2. We also bought ourselves together this conference year and outlined a 
program for the annual meeting which we present to you. 

3. We also drew up a constitution and bylaws which we pray that you will 
adopt. 

Yours in Christ, 

Rev. W. R. Floyd, Chairman 

Motion made and seconded to adopt the report of the executive board, follow- 
ing with a discussion of the executive board's report. 

Motion was made and carried to adopt parts 1 and 2 of the executive board's 
report and to table part 3 until the afternoon session. 

ORDAINING COUNCIL REPORT 

We, your ordaining council, do make the following report: 

We have met with each quarterly union, and during this conference year the 
following have been made known to us that they wish to unit with the Rockfish 
Conference: Revs. Paul Rrown, Sam Parks, C. B. Hopkins and Charles Maness. We, 
the ordaining council, have accepted the above named ministers for membership. 

We pray that you will adopt our report. 

Report of the ordaining council was read by the clerk. 

Yours in Christ, 

Rev. W. R. Floyd, Chairman 

A motion was made and seconded to adopt the report of the ordaining council. 
An open discussion was made on the ordaining council's report. The motion was 
carried to adopt the report of the ordaining council as read. 

At this time a letter was presented to the conference by a member of Mount 
Moriah Church, Hamlet, N. C. The letter. from Mount Morriah read as follows: 

We, the members of Mt. Moriah Church, wish to withdraw from the Rockfish 
Conference for the present time. 

Done by order of Mt. Moriah Church the 3rd day of October, 1955. 

Mrs. Ruth Jenkins, Clerk 

Motion was made and carried to receive the letter from Mt. Moriah. Motion 
was made and seconded to grant a letter of dismissal to Mt. Moriah Church. 
Following a discussion on the motion to grant the letter, a motion was carried to 
grant the letter asked by the Mt. Moriah's representative. 

PULPIT COMMITTEE'S REPORT 
We, your pulpit committee, do request that Rev. Ralph Sheppard bring the 
morning sermon if Rev. R. H. Jackson fails to keep his appointment. 

Rev. J. D. Liles, Chairman 

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Motion was made and carried to grant the clerk the right to include in our 
minutes all information received by the clerk from all departments of our denomina- 
tion. 

ELEVEN O'CLOCK WORSHIP HOUR 

Special singing was rendered bv a trio composed of Juanita Floyd, Martha 
Carpenter and Stella English. 

Superintendent of the orphanage, Rev. R. H. Jackson, gave the orphanage 
report. Rev. Jackson stressed the need for us to give generously to our children 
at the home, not only our money but of the other things needed to sustain life, such 
as clothing, food and other commodities. An offering for the home was taken 
which amounted to $17.01. Following this a song was sung by the congregation, 
"Revive Us Again." The sermon for the worship hour was then delivered by Mr. 
Jackson. The Scripture reading was taken from Genesis 10, beginning with the 
31st verse. His text was "Go and Do for the Lord." After the message the Rev. 
Mr. Rrown offered a prayer. 

Motion was made and carried to adjourn. 

Rev. Lee Therrell invited everyone to stay for dinner, and seemingly everyone 
enjoyed the wonderful meal served by the members of the St. John Church. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

The afternoon session opened with a song by the congregation, "Standing on 
the Promises," followed with prayer by the Rev. N. R. Barrow. 

The following reports were given: National Convention, Rev. R. R. Sheppard; 
State Convention, Rev. W. R. Floyd; State Missions, Rev. N. B. Barrow. 

BUSINESS SESSION 

A call was made for reports of the appointed committees. 

Sabbath School— None. 

Education— We, your committee on education, find that in our present age we 
need to educate ourselves through the various mediums of learning so as we should 
not be ashamed to speak before our fellow men, also to prepare us to be able to 
read and understand God's Word more thoroughly. Our Bible College in Nash- 
ville, Tennessee, is now offering a correspondence course to those interested. Write 
Free Will Baptist Bible College, 3609 Richland Avenue, Nashville 5, Tennessee, for 
particulars. We also have our Mt. Olive College at Mount Olive, North Carolina. 

Mrs. Stella English, Chairman 

Orphanage— We, your committee on orphanage, recommend that all the church- 
es of the conference give all possible aid to our orphanage home at Middlesex, N. C, 
and for all that can to visit the home so you can fully understand the needs. 

Mr. Wesley McLain, Chairman 

Missions— We, your committee on mission, recommend that each church grant 
time to hear the mission committee at least twice a year discuss the program on 
missions, for we think it a most worthy cause. 

Rev. Angus Prevatte, Chairman 



Superannuation— None 

A motion was moved and carried to adopt the committees' reports. 

There was a request for letters of dismissal by Rev. Angus Prevatte and Rev. 
J. D. Liles. A motion was moved and carried to grant these letters as requested. 

There was a discussion on part 3 of the executive board's report concerning the 
proposed constitution of the Rockfish Conference. A motion was moved and carried 
to adopt the propose constitution and bylaws of the conference as corrected. 

A motion was moved and carried that we print the constitution and the bylaws 
in the minutes of each annual conference hence hereafter. 

The election of officers to fill the vacancies caused by death and resignations 
was as follows: ordaining council, Rev. Charles Maness and Rev. C. R. Hopkins; 
executive board, Rev. Paul Rrown; treasurer, Mrs. Lillie Mae Runnell. 

Highland Pines Church invited the conference to meet with it for the 1956 
session. A motion was made and carried to accept Highland Pines' invitation. 

The forty-eight annual session of the Rockfish Conference will, by the grace 
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, convene with Highland Pines Free Will 
Raptist Church, Hamlet, North Carolina, on Friday and Saturday before the second 
Sunday in October, 1956. 

A motion was made and carried to adjourn. 

The body was dismissed with prayer by the Rev. Charles Maness. 

Note: The clerk takes this privilege to thank the people of St. John's Church 
for the hospitality shown to the Rockfish Conference. 

■ William H. Edwards, Clerk 

CHURCH LETTERS 

St. John: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Raptists when convened 
with St. John Church at Patrick, S. C, October 8, 1955, we send as delegates our 
beloved brethren: J. E. Gainey, Erby Gainey and William Brock, whom we pray 
you to receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received passed twelve months, 26; 
baptized, 9; dismissed, 4; total membership, 93; condition of prayer meeting, good; 
condition of Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 85; number of officers, 
5; number of teachers, 5. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $460.00; paid evangelist, $50.00; home missions, 
$100.00; orphanage, $100.00; building and repairs, $1,073.35; for publication, 
$93.40; enclosed for minutes, $10.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Lee Therrell, Kannapolis, N. C; G. W. 
Huestas, Route 1, Patrick, S. C; Jessie Brown, Route 2, Chesterfield, S. C. 

Pastor's name, Rev. Lee Therrell. 

Done by order of St. John Free Will Baptist Church assembled in conference 
this second day of October, 1955. 

Rev. Lee Therrell, Moderator 
Betty Oliver, Clerk 

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Remarks: We are proud of our pastor and the good work he is doing in our 
church. We have called Rev. Therrell for pastor for the coming year. 

Mt. Calvary: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when convened 
with the St. John Church at Patrick, S. C, October 8, 1955, we send as delegates 
our beloved brother and sisters: W. F. Peele, Ethel Chavis and Hattie Swatt, whom 
we pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received passed twelve months, 34; 
baptized, 9; dismissed, 4; total membership, 46; condition of prayer meeting, good; 
condition of Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 86; number of officers, 
3; number of teachers, 5. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $530.00; paid evangelist, $40.00; home missions, $50.00; 
building and repairs, $693.50; for publication, $18.85; enclosed for minutes, $10.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: S. M. Parks, East Rockingham, N. C; 
Talmadge Brown, Rockingham, N. C; Daniel Bowen, Route 1, Rockingham, N. C. 

Done by order of Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church assembled in con- 
ference this second day of October, 1955. 

Rev. C. B. Hopkins, Moderator 
Mrs. Margaret Brigman, Clerk 

Hickory Grove: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when con- 
vened with the St. John Church at Patrick, S. O, October 8, 1955, we send as 
delegates our beloved brothers and sisters : C. W. Lee, Lillie Bunnell, Leona Bunnell, 
Marlene Quick, Ethelyn Sheppard and Thelma Bunnell, whom we pray you to 
receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received passed twelve months, 
23; died, 1; total membership, 46; condition of prayer meeting, good; condition of 
Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 90; number of officers, 3; number 
of teachers, 3. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $314.97; paid evangelist, $30.00; building and repairs, 
$400.00; enclosed for minutes, $10.00; paid orphanage, $69.39. 

Ministers belonging to our church: R. R. Sheppard, Hamlet, N. C, and W. M. 
Lovick, Cumberland, N. C. 

Pastor's name and address: Rev. R. R. Sheppard, Hamlet, N. C. 

Done by order of Hickory Grove Church assembled in conference this second 
day of October, 1955. 

R. R. Sheppard, Moderator 
E. H. Bryant, Clerk 

Highland Pines: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when con- 
vened with the St. John Church at Patrick, S. C, October 8, 1955, we send as 
delegates our beloved sisters: Martha Carpenter, Juanita Floyd and Stella English, 
whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received passed twelve months, 7; 
baptized, 7; total membership, 85; condition of prayer meeting, wonderful; condition 

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of Sunday school, fair; average number of pupils, 82, numbers of officers, 14; 
number of teachers, 12. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $3,380; paid evangelist, $75.00; home missions, $50.00; 
foreign missions, $20.00; building and repairs, $700.00; for publication, $75.00; En- 
closed for minutes, $5.00. 

Minister belonging to our church: Frank Sanford, Hamlet, N. C. 

Pastor's name and address: Rev. Winford Floyd, Hamlet, N. C. 

Done by order of Highland Pines Church assembled in conference this tenth 
day of October, 1955. 

Winford Floyd, Moderator 
Myrtle Covington, Clerk 

Sandy Grove: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Raptists when con- 
vened with the St. John Church at Patrick, S. C, October 8, 1955, we send as 
delegates our beloved brethren: J. R. Johnson and Jeremiah Rudd, whom we pray 
you to receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received passed twelve months, 3; 
baptized, 3; total membership, 61; condition of Sunday school, good; average num- 
ber of pupils, 40; number of officers, 3; number of teachers, 5. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $185.10; paid evangelist, $49.07; home missions, $6.00; 
orphanage, $10.00; for publication, $16.00, enclosed for minutes, $10.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Angus Prevatte, 420 W. Donaldson Ave., 
Raeford, N. C; A. J. Pearson, St. Pauls, N. C; C. W. Rennett, Route 2, St. Pauls, 
N. C. 

Pastor's name and address: Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Done by order of Sandy Grove Church assembled in conference this sixth day 
of October, 1955. 

William H. Edwards, Moderator 
Mrs. Ellen Thomas, Clerk 



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CONSTITUTION 

OF THE ROCKFISH CONFERENCE OF FREE WILL BAPTISTS 

OF NORTH CAROLINA 

From experience, we, the members of the Rockfish Conference of Free Will 
Baptists, being regularly baptized upon a profession of our faith in Jesus Christ, 
and realizing the necessity of a bond of union and fellowship among us as a church, 
and wishing to promote ourselves in state convention and national convention work 
for the salvation of souls and a greater denomination, do therefore ordain this 
constitution for our better conference government: 

Article 1: This conference shall be called the Rockfish Conference of Original 
Free Will Baptists of North Carolina. 

Article 2: The offices of this conference shall be a moderator, vice-moderator, 
clerk and treasurer, and are to be elected for a term of two years, with 
election occuring on even years at the close of the session. 

Article 8: This conference shall be composed of delegates, elected or appointed 
by the Free Will Baptist churches who are members of this conference, 
and ministers, both licensed and ordained, who are members of this 
conference. 

Article 4: Each church shall be entitled to five delegates and one additional 
delegate for every twenty-five members over fifty. 

Article 5: This conference shall meet once each year on Friday and Saturday 
before the second Sunday in October, or at such time and place as may 
be decided upon at the preceding session. 

Article 6: The churches united with this conference shall send, by the hands 
of their delegates, a full account of all work done by them during the 
conference year (October through September), and all such statistics 
and information as will be interesting and helpful. 

Article 7: The executive board shall consist of three members elected by the 
conference, one for one year, one for two years and one for three years. 
The conference officials are members ex-officio of the executive board. 
The executive board shall have interim authority. 

Article 8: The conference may withdraw from any church, after investigation 
has been made, that becomes disorderly or refuses to represent by 
letter or delegation. 

Article 9: This conference assumes no higher authority than an advisory council. 

Article 10: The ordination council shall consist of five ministers to be elected by 
the conference annually. The council shall select its chairman from 
these five. 

Article 11: All committees shall be appointed by the committee on committees. 
The committee on committees is to be appointed by the moderator at 
the beginning of the session. 



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Article 12: The Discipline of the Faith and Practices of the Original Free Will 
Baptists of North Carolina is to be used by all churches retaining 
membership in this conference. 

Article 13: This conference shall in no wise interfere with the business of any 
church unless that church, being a member of this conference, shall 
abuse the rights of this conference as set forth in its constitution 
rules or the Discipline of the Faith and Practices of the Original Free 
Will Baptists of North Carolina. 

Article 14: This constitution may be amended at any annual meeting of the con- 
ference by a two-thirds vote of the delegates and ministers attending, 
providing a motion of such change has been given in writing during 
the first setting of said meeting after permanent organization. 

RULES 

Rule 1: The ordination council, executive board and all committees must give a 
written report of their work annually to the conference. 

Rule 2: The union is to function for the sole purpose of fellowship between our 
sister churches. The union shall select its own officers, meet as often 
as is agreed upon by the union in session and make reports of proceedings 
to the annual conference. This report of proceedings, if adopted, will be 
printed in the minutes. 

Rule 3: The chairman of each board or committee is to be the treasurer of its 
funds. 

Rule 4: The general fund is to consist of money paid to the annual conference. 
The amount of money to be paid shall be not less than ten dollars per 
church. The clerk shall be expected to notify any church that fails to pay 
its ten dollars annually. 

Rule 5: Ministers wishing to unite with this conference might do so after being 
approved by the ordination council. 

Rule 6: Any person wishing to be licensed or ordained to preach the gospel must 
take steps as set forth in the Rules of Church Discipline. 

Rule 7: Every member wishing to speak must rise first and address the moderator. 

Rule 8: Any minister causing disturbance in a sister church shall be investigated 
and dealt with by the ordaining council. 

Rule 9: Any church wishing to unite with the conference must first present itself 
before the executive board. After approving the church, the executive 
board shall proceed to give the right hand of fellowship subject to the 
approval of the conference. 



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Held with 
HICKORY GROVE FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Route 3, Fayetteville, North Carolina 
October 13, 1956 



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Original Free Will Baptist 



Held with 
HICKORY GROVE FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Route 3, Fayetteville, North Carolina 
October 13, 1956 



OFFICERS 

Moderator — Rev. Charles Maness, 10 East Wade Street, Wadesboro, N. C. 
Assistant Moderator — Rev. Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 
Secretary-Treasurer — W. H. Edwards, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Mills, N. C. 

CHURCHES, CHURCH CLERKS AND ADDRESSES 

Sandy Grove — Mrs. Ellen Thames, Route 1, Parkton, N. C. 
Hickory Grove — Mr. Ed Bryant, Route 3, Fayetteville, N. C. 
GJenwood — Write to Rev. Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 
St. John— Mrs. W. M. Myers, Patrick, S. C. 

ORDAINED MINISTERS 

Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

C. W. Bennett, Route 2, St. Pauls, N. C. 

R. L. Clark, Hamlet, N. C. 

J. H. Tyson, Raeford, N. C. 

Frank Sanford, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

J. W. Sanford, Route 1, Box 261, Rockingham, N. C. 

R. R. Sheppard, P. O. Box 284, Hamlet, N. C. 

G. W. Huestas, Patrick, S. C. 

Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 

Sam Parks, General Delivery, East Rockingham, N. C. 

Charles Maness, 10 East Wade Street, Wadesboro, N. C. 

J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. 

LICENTIATES 
Hamp Wallace, Route 3, Wadesboro, N. C. 

ORDAINING COUNCIL 

Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 
Rev. R. R. Sheppard, P. O. Box 284, Hamlet, N. C. 
Rev. J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE BOARD 

Rev. Charles Maness, Chairman, 10 East Wade Street, Wadesboro, N. C. 
Rev. Paul Brown, Assistant Chairman, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 
Rev. Hamp Wallace, Route 3, Wadesboro, N. C. 
William H. Edwards, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Mills, N. C. 
Roy Johnson, Route 2, St. Pauls, N. C. 

COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES 

George Carver, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Mills, N. C. 
Alex Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 
Dan Bunnell, Route 2, Parkton, N. C. 



PROCEEDINGS 
The forty-eighth annual session of the Rockfish Conference of the 
Original Free Will Baptists of the state of North Carolina met with Hickory 
Grove Free Will Baptist Church, Route 3, Fayetteville, North Carolina, on 
October 13, 1956. 

Morning Session 
The meeting was called to order by the moderator at 9:30 a. m. 
Song by the congregation, "Showers of Blessings," followed with prayer 
by Rev. J. O. Fort. 

Song by the congregation, "Won't It Be Wonderful There." 

Welcome address given by the church's pastor, Rev. R. R. Sheppard, 
followed with the response by the moderator, Rev. Steve English. 

The visiting ministers were recognized as follows: Rev. W. T. Knox, 
Piedmont Association; Rev. N. B. Barrow, Lucama, North Carolina; Rev. M. 
L. Baxley, Pee Dee Association; Rev. J. O. Fort, Central Conference. 

The delegates from the various churches were recognized and made 
welcome at this time. Those present were: Sisters Belle Carver, Nell Sessoms, 
Myrtle Brown, Katie Mclntyre, Charlotte Steen, Francis Bunnell, Ava Jane 
Lee, Selma Bunnell, Wilma Therrell, Annie Thomas, and Brethren Gene 
Griffin, Alex Brown, W. M. Myers, Theadore McLain, J. W. Faircloth and 
G. H. Carver. 

At this time a memorial service was held in memory of two of our 
beloved ministers who died the past year, there were Rev. A. J. Pearson and 
Rev. C. B. Hopkins. 

At 10:00 a. m. a business session was held. The clerk read the minutes 
of last year's meeting. Motion made and carried to adopt the minutes as 
read. 

The roll was called of ministers with the following present: Revs. J. D. 
Liles, Steve English, R. R. Sheppard, R. L. Clark, Paul Brown, Charles 
Maness, Hamp Wallace. 

A call was made for church letters and the churches that were represent- 
ed were: Sandy Grove, Hickory Grove, Glenwood and St. John. Each letter 
was read by the clerk to the assembly. A motion was made and carried to 
receive church letters as read. (See church letters.) 

A pulpit committee was appointed by the moderator as follows: Brother 
Gene Griffin, Brother Theadore McLain and Sister Belle Carver. 

Devotional services were held by Rev. J. O. Fort, reading Scripture from 
St. Matthew. After the Scripture reading, Rev. Fort made an interesting talk 
about the activities of our press at Ayden, North Carolina. 

Pulpit Committee's Report 

We, your pulpit committee, have requested Rev. J. O. Fort to bring 
the message during the worship hour. 

Gene Griffin, Chairman 
Dismissed for recess by Rev. Paul Brown. 

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Eleven O'clock Worship Hour 

Songs by the congregation, "Joy Unspeakable" and "Love Lifted Me." 

Prayer was offered by Rev. W. T. Knox. 

Sermon by Rev. J. O. Fort. He used a text taken from the 5th chapter 
of St. Matthew. His sermon was based on the teachings of Jesus as set forth 
in the Sermon on the Mount. Rev. Fort gave a most wonderful version of 
these great truths as was taught by our Saviour, and I am sure was enjoyed 
by all. 

Everyone was invited to remain and take part in the dinner served at 
the church. 

Dismissed by prayer. 

Afternoon Session 

The afternoon session opened at 1:00 p. m. with the congregation 
singing "It Is Well with My Soul," followed with prayer by Rev. J. O. Fort. 

Devotional reading was by Rev. N. B. Barrow, reading from the 24th 
Psalm. 

The conference was opened for business. 

Executive Board Report 

We, your executive board, met with the officials of Glenwood Church 
at Rockingham, North Carolina, during the past year to receive said church 
into the Rockfish Conference, which was duly done, subject to approval by 
the Rockfish Conference while in session October, 1956. 

Yours in Christ, 

Rev. Steve English, Chairman 

Moved and carried to adopt the whole of the executive board's report. 

Ordaining Council Report 

This report after being read by the clerk was referred back to the 
ordaining council for further deliberations, with the exception of the part 
that pertained to Rev. Hampton Wallace's license. Moved and carried to 
adopt the ordaining council's recommendation to license Brother Hampton 
Wallace to preach. 

Motion made and carried that each church belonging to the Rockfish 
Conference use only people of the Free Will Baptist faith for teachers and 
officers of our Sunday schools and churches. 

At this time Rev. J. O. Fort reported to us the condition of our chil- 
dren's home, and the many activities of the home. Rev. Fort also indicated 
that the quota for each church was set at $1.00 per member for the year. 

While the congregation sang "When the Roll Is Called up Yonder," 
a collection for the home was made which totaled $13.68. 

Election of officers was made as follows: Moderator, Rev. Charles Ma- 
ness; assistant moderator, Rev. Paul Brown; secretary-treasurer, William T. 
Edwards; committee on committees, Alex Brown, chairman; G. H. Carver 
and Dan Bunnell. 

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At this time thanks were given by Rev. J. O. Fort for the wonderful 
dinner and the hospitality shown by the Hickory Grove Church to the many 
people who were present. 

At the invitation given by the Sandy Grove delegates, the next session 
will be held at Sandy Grove Church, Saturday before the second Sunday in 
October, 1957. 

Moved and carried to adjourn. 

William H. Edwards, Clerk- 
Church Letters 

Sandy Grove: To the Rockfish Annual Conference of Free Will Baptist 
when convened with the Hickory Grove Free Will Baptist Church at 
Rockfish, North Carolina, October 13, 1956. We send as delegates our 
beloved brothers and sisters: Belle Carver, Nell Sessoms, J. W. Faircloth and 
G. H. Carver, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly 
deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past 12 months, 6; 
died, 2; total membership, 26 active; condition of prayer meeting, good; 
condition of Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 50; number of 
officers, 3; number of teachers, 5. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $254.58; paid evangelist, S35.55; home mission, 
S23.04; building and repairs, S608.16; orphanage, $10.00; for publications, 
S34.80; enclosed for minutes, $10.00; miscellaneous, SI 01. 20. 

Ministers belonging to our church : Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, 
North Carolina, and Rev. C. W. Bennett, Route 2, St. Pauls, North Carolina. 

The pastor's name: Rev. Steve English. 

Done by order of Sandy Grove Free Will Baptist Church assembled in 
conference this 6th day of October, 1956. 

Steve English, Moderator 
W. H. Edwards, Acting Clerk 



We recommend that Brother R. T. Sanderson be licensed to preach 
the gospel. 

Hickory Grove: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptist when 
convened with the Hickory Grove Church at Rockfish, North Carolina, 
October 13, 1956. We send as delegates our beloved sisters: Francis Bunnell 
Ava J. Lee, Selma Bunnell, Wilma Therrell and Annie Thomas, whom we 
pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; total membership, 66; condition of 
prayer meeting, good; condition of Sunday school, good; average number of 
pupils, 95; number of officers, 2; number of teachers 3. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $625.23; paid evangelist, $92.44; enclosed for 
minutes, $10.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. R. R. Sheppard, Rockingham, 
North Carolina. 

Pastor's name: Rev. R. R. Sheppard. 

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Done by order of Hickory Grove Free Will Baptist Church assembled 
in conference this 7th day of October, 1956. 

R. R. Sheppard, Moderator 
E. H. Bryant, Clerk 

Glenwood: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptist when 
convened with the Hickory Grove Church at Rockfish, North Carolina, 
October 13, 1956. We send as delegates our beloved brothers and sisters: 
Gene Griffin, Alex Brown, Myrtle Brown, Katie Mclntyre and Charlotte 
Steen, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past 12 months, 1; 
condition of prayer meeting, good; condition of Sunday school, good; average 
number of pupils, 50; number of teachers, 3. 

Finances: Enclosed for minutes, $5.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. Charles Maness, Wadesboro, 
North Carolina. 

Pastor's name: Rev. Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, North Carolina. 

Done by order of Glenwood Free Will Baptist Church assembled in 
conference in 1956. 

St. John: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptist when con- 
vened with the Hickory Grove Church at Rockfish, North Carolina, October 
13, 1956. We send as delegates our beloved brethren: W. H. Myers and 
Theadore McLain, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly 
deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past year, 5; bap- 
tized 2, dismissed, 3; died, 1; total membership, 98; condition of prayer 
meeting, fair; condition of Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 
80; number of officers, 5, number of teachers, 5. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $790.38; paid evangelist, $103.30; home mis- 
sions, $21.00; orphanage, $127.00; building and repairs, $2,580.00; for educa- 
tion, $56.13; for publications, $15.00; enclosed for minutes, $10.00. 

Pastor's name: Rev. Lee Therrell, Kannapolis, North Carolina. 

Done by order of St. John Free Will Baptist Church assembled in con- 
ference this 7th day of October, 1956. 

Rev. Lee Therrell, Moderator 
Evelyn Gainey, Clerk 

We feel that our church has been doing good and has progressed in all 
fields of the Lord's work by the help of Rev. Lee Therrell. So for his faithful 
work we felt best to call him back for another year. 



CONSTITUTION 



OF THE ROCKFISH CONFERENCE OF FREE WILL BAPTISTS 

OF NORTH CAROLINA 

From experience, we, the members of the Rockfish Conference of Free 
Will Baptists, being regularly baptized upon a profession of our faith in Jesus 
Christ, and realizing the necessity of a bond of union and fellowship among 
us as a church, and washing to promote ourselves in state convention and 
national convention work for the salvation of souls and a greater denomina- 
tion, do therefore ordain this constitution for our better conference govern- 
ment: 

Article 1 : This conference shall be called the Rockfish Conference of 
Original Free Will Baptists of North Carolina. 

Article 2 : The offices of this conference shall be a moderator, vice- 
moderator, clerk and treasurer, and are to be elected for a term 
of two years, with election occuring on even years at the close 
of the session. 

Article 3: This conference shall be composed of delegates, elected or ap- 
pointed by the Free Will Baptist churches who are members of 
this conference, and ministers, both licensed and ordained, who 
are members of this conference. 



Article 4 
Article 5 



Each church shall be entitled to five delegates and one additional 
delegate for every twenty-five members over fifty. 



This conference shall meet once each year on Friday and Saturday 
before the second Sunday in October, or at such time and place 
as may be decided upon at the preceding session. 

Article 6: The churches united with this conference shall send, by the 
hands of their delegates, a full account of all work done by them 
during the conference year (October through September), and 
all such statistics and information as will be interesting and help- 
ful. 

Article 7: The executive board shall consist of three members elected by 
the conference, one for one year, one for two years and one for 
three years. The conference officials are members ex-officio of 
the executive board. The executive board shall have interim 
authority. 

Article 8: The conference may withdraw from any church, after investiga- 
tion has been made, that becomes disorderly or refuses to repre- 
sent by letter or delegation. 

Article 9: This conference assumes no higher authority than an advisory 
council. 

Article 10: The ordination council shall consist of five ministers to be elected 
by the conference annually. The council shall select its chairman 
from these five. 



Article 11: All committees shall be appointed by the committee on commit- 
tees. The committee on committees is to be appointed by the 
moderator at the beginning of the session. 

Article 12: The Discipline of the Faith and Practices of the Original Free 
Will Baptists of North Carolina is to be used by all churches 
retaining membership in this conference. 

Article 13: This conference shall in no wise interfere with the business of 
any church unless that church, being a member of this conference, 
shall abuse the rights of this conference as set forth in its constitu- 
tion rules or the Discipline of the Faith and Practices of the 
Original Free Will Baptists of North Carolina. 

Article 14: This constitution may be amended at any annual meeting of the 
conference by a two-thirds vote of the delegates and ministers 
attending, providing a motion of such change has been given in 
writing during the first setting of said meeting after permanent 
organization. 

RULES 

Rule 1 : The ordination council, executive board and all committees must 
give a written report of their work annually to the conference. 

Rule 2: The union is to function for the sole purpose of fellowship between 
our sister churches. The union shall select its own officers, meet as 
often as is agreed upon by the union in session and make reports of 
proceedings to the annual conference. This report of proceedings, 
if adopted, will be printed in the minutes. 

Rule 3: The chairman of each board or committee is to be the treasurer of 
its funds. 

Rule 4: The general fund is to consist of money paid to the annual con- 
ference. The amount of money to be paid shall not be less than 
ten dollars per church. The clerk shall be expected to notify any 
church that fails to pay its ten dollars annually. 

Rule 5: Ministers wishing to unite with this conference might do so after 
being approved by the ordination council. 

Rule 6: Any person wishing to be licensed or ordained to preach the gospel 
must take steps as set forth in the Rules of Church Discipline. 

Rule 7: Every member wishing to speak must rise first and address the 
moderator. 

Rule 8: Any minister causing disturbance in a sister church shall be investi- 
gated and dealt with by the ordaining council. 

Rule 9: Any church wishing to unite with the conference must first present 
itself before the executive board. After approving the church, the 
executive board shall proceed to give the right hand of fellowship 
subject to the approval of the conference. 



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MINUTES 


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Held with 


SANDY GROVE FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 


Route 2, St. Pauls, North Carolina 


October 12, 1957 



Ml NUTES 

of the 

Forty-Ninth Annual Session 

of the 

ROCKFISH ASSOCIATION 

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Held with 

SANDY GROVE FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Route 2, St. Pauls, North Carolina 
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October 12, 1957 



OFFICERS 

Moderator — Rev. Charles Maness, 10 East Wade Street, Wadesboro, N. C. 
Assistant Moderator — Rev. Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 
Secretary- Treasurer — W. H. Edwards, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Mills, N. C. 

CHURCHES, CHURCH CLERKS AND ADDRESSES 

Sandy Grove — Mrs. Ellen Thomas, Route 1, Parkton, N. C. 
Hickoi} 7 Grove — Mr. Ed Bryant, Route 3, Fayetteville, N. C. 

Glenwood — Mr. Clayton Steen, c/o Rev. Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, 

N. C. 

ORDAINED MINISTERS 

Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

C. W. Bennett, Route 2, St. Pauls, N. C. 

R. L. Clark, Hamlet, N. C. 

J. H. Tvson, Raeford, N. C. 

R. R. Sheppard, P. O. Box 284, Hamlet, N. C. 

Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 

Sam Parks, Gen. Del., Rockingham, N. C. 

Charles Maness, 10 Wade Street, Wadesboro, N. C. 

J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. 

R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, N. C. 

ORDAINING COUNCIL 

Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Rev. R. R. Sheppard, P. O. Box 284, Hamlet, N. C. 

Rev. J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE BOARD 

Rev. Charles Maness, Chairman, 10 East Wade Street, Wadesboro, N. C. 
Rev. Paul Brown, Assistant Chairman, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 
William H. Edwards, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Mills, N. C. 
Ray Johnson 

STANDING COMMITTEES 

Sabbath School— W. P. Thernll, Route 3, Box 269-C, Fayetteville, N. C. 

Education — Rev. R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, N. C. 

Orphanage— Rev. J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. 

Missions, Home and Foreign — Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Superannuation — Rex. Sam Parks, Gen. Del., East Rockingham, N. C. 



PROCEEDINGS 

The forty-ninth annual session of the Rockfish Conference of the Orig- 
inal Free Will Baptists of the state of North Carolina met with Sandy Grove 
Free Will Baptist Church, Route 2, St. Pauls, North Carolina, on October 
12, 1957. 

Morning Session 

The meeting was called to order by the moderator, Rev. Paul Brown, at 
10:00 a. m. Rev. A. F. Williamson served as song leader and Stella English 
as pianist. 

Song by the congregation, "Tell Me the Story of Jesus," followed with 
prayer. 

Devotional reading was done by Rev. Sam Parks, reading from Psalm 37. 

Welcome address by William H. Edwards; response by Rev. Paul Brown. 

Roll Call of ministers with the following being present: Revs. Steve 
English, R. L. Clark, Paul Brown, Sam Parks and J. D. Liles. 

Ministers of sick list were: Revs. C. W. Bennett and J. H. Tyson. 

We regret the loss of one minister by death, Rev. Frank Sanford. 

Ministers reported to have left us and joined other associations were: 
Revs. J. W. Sanford, G. W. Huestas and Hamp Wallace. No letters have 
been asked for by these ministers. 

Minutes of last year's session were read by the clerk. Moved and carried 
to accept the minutes as read. 

Delegates present from churches were as follows: W. P. Therrill, Wil- 
ma Therrill, Thelma Bunnell, Avy Jane Lee, Belle Carver, J. W. Faircloth, 
E. V. Griffin, Allen Morris, Beulah Morris and Myrtle Brown. 

Visiting ministers who were recognized and made welcome were: Revs. 
M. L. Baxley, Angus Prevatte, A. F. Williamson and Charlie Rogers. 

Rev. R. T. Sanderson sang a solo, "Nothing Between," followed with a 
solo by Rev. Steve English, "I'd Rather Have Jesus." These two brothers 
can do a fine job of singing and the congregation enjoyed hearing them sing. 

CHURCH LETTERS 
Sandy Grove: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when 
convened with the Sandy Grove Church at St. Pauls, North Carolina, Octo- 
ber 12, 1957. We send as delegates our beloved brethren: J. W. Faircloth, 
J. D. Budd and Mrs. G. II. Carver, whom we pray you to receive to sit with 
you in your Godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past 12 months, 6; 
baptized, 4; total membership, 31; condition of Sunday school, good; average 
number of pupils, 50; number of officers, 3; number of teachers, 4. 

Finances: Paid pastor, S295.95; paid evangelist, $72.20; home missions, 
S 54.79; orphanage, S46.00; fuel and lights, $53.80; superannuation, SI 0.00; 
publications, approximatelv S30.00; enclosed for minutes, S10.00; paid to un- 
ion, S12.00. 



Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, 
North Carolina; Rev. C. W. Bennett, Route 2, St. Pauls, North Carolina; 
Rev. J. H. Tyson, Raeford, North Carolina. 

The pastor's name: Rev. R. T. Sanderson. 

Done by order of Sandv Grove Church when assembled in conference 
this 11th day of October, 1957. 

R. T. Sanderson, Moderator 

William H. Edwards, Acting Clerk 



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Glenwood: To the RockEsh Conference of Free Will Baptists when con- 
vened with Sandy Grove Church October 12, 1957. We send as delegates 
our beloved brethren: Brother and Sister Allen Morris, Sister Myrtle Brown, 
Brother E. V. Griffin, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your 
Godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past 3 months, 2; 
baptized, 13; condition of prayer meeting, good; condition of Sunday school, 
good; average number of pupils, 60; number of officers, 2; number of teachers, 
5; enclosed for minutes, $5.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. Charles Maness, Wadesboro, 
North Carolina; Rev. Steve English, Hamlet, North Carolina. 

The pastor's name: Rev. Paul Brown, Rockingham, North Carolina. 

Done bv order of Glenwood Church when assembled in conference this 
9th day of October, 1957. 

Paul Brown, Moderator 

Clayton Steen, Clerk 

Hickory Grove: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists, 
when convened with the Sandy Grove Church at St. Pauls, North Carolina, 
October 12, 1957. We send as delegates our beloved brethren: Sisters Selma 
Bunnell, Lee Mabe, Avy Jane Lee, Wilma Therrill, Jance Baygent and Jimmie 
Baygent, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your Godly delib- 
erations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past 3 months, 1; 
total membership, 65; condition of Sunday school, good; average number of 
pupils, 50; number of officers, 3; number of teachers, 3. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $765.00; paid evangelist, $95.41; building and 
repairs, $305.97; orphanage, $100.00; enclosed for minutes, $10.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. R. R. Sheppard, Rockingham, 
North Carolina; Rev. J. A. Atkinson, Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

The pastor's name: Rev. R. R. Sheppard. 

Done by order of Hickory Grove Church when assembled in conference 
this 6th day of October, 1957. . ; , . 

R. R. Sheppard, Moderator . .. 

E. H. Bryant, Clerk 



Moved and carried to accept the church letters as read. 

Devotional committee asked Rev. R. T. Sanderson to serve as speaker 
during worship hour. 

Moved and carried to recess for ten minutes. 

Dismissed with prayer by Sister Wilma Thcrrill. 

Reassembled for worship service at 11:10 a. m. 

The congregation sang "Face to Face" and "Tell It to Jesus," followed 
with prayer by M. L. Baxley. Another song by the congregation, "In the 
Sweet By and By." 

Sermon by Rev. R. T. Sanderson, taking his text from Psalm 106. A 
wonderful message which was enjoyed by all. 

Dismissed with prayer by W. H. Edwards. 

Lunch served by the host church. A fine lunch and wonderful fellow- 
ship was enjoyed by all that were present. The clerk, in an humble manner, 
wishes to thank the ladies of Sandy Grove Church for their labor in preparing 
this fine lunch because you are my sisters in Christ and the church. Thanks 
more than I can ever tell by words. 

Afternoon Session 

Reassembled at 1:00 p. m. with the congregation singing "Wonderful 
Words of Life." 

Thanks was given by the moderator for the wonderful hospitality shown 
by the host church. 

Prayer by Rev. Charlie Rogers. 

Devotional by Rev. Steve English, reading Psalm 1. 

Song by the congregation, "Waiting to Go." 

Report of the progress and the needs of our Children's Home at Middle- 
sex, North Carolina, was made by visiting minister, Rev. M. L. Baxley. An 
offering was taken for the home amounting to $8.52. The clerk was instruct- 
ed to mail the money to the home. 

Moved and carried that the moderator appoint one person to each stand- 
ing committee. The moderator named the persons as before mentioned in 
these minutes. 

Moved and carried to accept the persons named by the moderator. 

ORDAINING COUNCIL REPORT 

We, your council of ordination, hereby submit to you a report of the 
action taken by us upon the various requests of our churches and we pray that 
it will meet with your approval. 

1. December, 1956 — Met at Glenwood Church and examined Brother 
Richard V. Mabe for license to preach. License granted. 

2. February, 1957 — Met at Sandy Grove Church and examined Brother 
R. T. Sanderson for license to preach. License granted. 



3. June, 1957 — Met at Hickory Grove Church and examined Brother 
J. A. Atkinson for license to preach. License granted. 

4. The council met at the home of Rev. Ralph Sheppard to discuss 
the request of Brother Charlie Rogers concerning the loss of his certificate of 
ordination. It was agreed to issue a new certificate to Brother Rogers if he 
would reunite with one of our churches. 

Rev. Steve English, Chairman 
Rev. J. D. Liles 
Rev. Ralph Sheppard 

Moved and carried to adopt the report of the ordaining council. 

Moved and carried to hold the next annual session of the Rockfish Con- 
ference at Glenwood Church, Rockingham, North Carolina, on Saturday 
before the second Sunday in October, 1958. 

Motion made and carried to adjourn. 

Dismissed with prayer. 

Rev. Paul Brown, Moderator 
William H. Edwards, Clerk 



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Constitution 

OF THE ROCKFISH CONFERENCE OF FREE WILL BAPTISTS 

OF NORTH CAROLINA 

From experience, we, the members of the Rockfish Conference of Free 
Will Baptists, being regularly baptized upon a profession of our faith in Jesus 
Christ, and realizing the necessity of a bond of union and fellowship among 
us as a church, and wishing to promote ourselves in state convention and 
national convention work for the salvation of souls and a greater denomina- 
tion, do therefore ordain this constitution for our better conference govern- 
ment: 

Article 1 : This conference shall be called the Rockfish Conference of 
Original Free Will Baptists of North Carolina. 

Article 2: The offices of this conference shall be a moderator, vice- 
moderator, clerk and treasurer, and are to be elected for a term of two years, 
with election occurring on even years at the close of the session. 

Article 3: This conference shall be composed of delegates, elected or ap- 
pointed by the Free Will Baptist churches who are members of this confer- 
ence, and ministers, both licensed and ordained, who are members of this 
conference. 

Article 4: Each church shall be entitled to five delegates and one addi- 
tional dlegate for every twenty-five members over fifty. 

Article 5: This conference shall meet once each year on Friday and Sat- 
urday before the second Sunday in October, or at such time and place as 
may be decided upon at the preceding session. 

Article 6: The churches united with this conference shall send, by the 
hands of their delegates, a full account of all work done by them during the 
conference year (October through September), and all such statistics and 
information as will be interesting and helpful. 

Article 7: The executive board shall consist of three mmebers elected by 
the conference, one for one year, one for two years and one for three years. 
The conference officials are members ex-officio of the executive board. The 
executive board shall have interim authority. 

Article 8: The conference may withdraw from any church, after inves- 
tigation has been made, that becomes disorderly or refuses to represent by 
letter or delegation. 

Article 9: This conference assumes no higher authority than an advisory 
council. 

Article 10: The ordination council shall consist of five ministers to be 
elected by the conference anuually. The council shall select its chairman 
from these five. 

Article 1 1 : All committees shall be appointed by the committee on com- 
mittees. The committee on committees is to be appointed by the modera- 
tor at the beginning of the session. 



Article 12: The Discipline of the Faith and Practices of the Original 
Free Will Baptists of North Carolina is to be used by all churches retaining 
membership in this conference. 

Article 13: This conference shall in no wise interfere with the business 
of any church unless that church, being a member of this conference shall 
abuse the rights of this conference as set forth in its constitution rules or the 
Discipline of the Faith and Practices of the Original Free Will Baptists o£ 
North Carolina. 

Article 14: This constitution may be amended at any annual meeting of 
the conference by a two-thirds vote of the delegates and ministers attending, 
providing a motion of such change has been given in writing during the first 
setting of said meeting after permanent organization. 

Rules 

Rule 1 : The ordination council, executive board and all committees 
must give a written report of their work annually to the conference. 

Rule 2: The union is to function for the sole purpose of fellowship be- 
tween our sister churches. The union shall select its own officers, meet as 
often as is agreed upon by the union in session and make reports of proceed- 
ings to the annual conference. This report of proceedings, if adopted, will 
be printed in the minutes. 

Rule 3: The chairman of each board or committee is to be the treasurer 
of its funds. 

Rule 4: The general fund is to consist of money paid to the annual con- 
ference. The amount of money to be paid shall not be less than ten dollars 
per church. The clerk shall be expected to notify any church that fails to 
pay its ten dollars annually. 

Rule 5: Ministers wishing to unite with this conference might do so 
after being approved by the ordination council. 

Rule 6: Any person wishing to be licensed or ordained to preach the 
gospel must take steps as set forth in the Rules of Church Discipline. 

Rule 7: Every member wishing to speak must rise first and address the 
moderator. 

Rule 8: Any minister causing disturbance in a sister church shall be in- 
vestigated and dealt with by the ordaining council. 

Rule 9: Any church wishing to unite with the conference must first 
present itself before the executive board. After approving the church, the 
executive board shall proceed to give the right hand of fellowship subject to 
the approval of the conference. 



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MINUTES 

of the 

Fiftieth Annual Session 

of the 

ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 

of the 

Original Free Will Baptists 



Held with 

GLENNWOOD FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Rockingham, North Carolina 

October 11, 1958 



MINUTES 

of the 

Fiftieth Annual Session 

of the 

ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 

of the 

Original Free Will Baptists 



Held with 
GLENNWOOD FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Rockingham, North Carolina 
October 11, 1958 



OFFICERS 

.Moderator — Rev. Charles Maness, 123 W. Martin Street, Wadesboro, N. C. 
Assistant Moderator — Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 
Secretary- Treasurer — William II. Edwards, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Mills, N. C. 

CHURCHES, CHURCH CLERKS AND ADDRESSES 

Sandy Grove — Mrs. Ellen Thames, Route 1, Parkton, N. C. 

Hickory Grove — Mr. Ed Bryant, Route 3, Fayetteville, N. C. 

Glenmvood — Mr. Clayton Steen, c/o Rev. Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, 
N. C. 

Mount Calvary — Margarette Brigman, c/o Rev. Charles Maness, 123 W. 
Martin Street, Wadesboro, N. C. 

Highland Pines — Mrs. Edith Sexton, c/o Rev. R. V. Mabe, Route 2, Ham- 
let, N. C. 

Mount Moriah — Ruth Jenkins, c/o Rev. Angus Prevatte, 420 W. Donaldson 
Street, Raeford, X. C. 

Bethlehem— Albentia Hunt, c/o Rev. J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. 
C. 

ORDAINED MINISTERS 

Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

C. W. Bennett, Box 29, E. Broad Street, St. Pauls, N. C. 

R. L. Clark, Route 1, Box 481-M, Hamlet, N. C. 

J. H. Tyson, Raeford, N. C. 

R. R. Sheppard, P. O. Box 248, Hamlet, N. C. 

Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 

Sam Parks, Gen. Del., Rockingham, N. C. 

Charles Maness, 123 W. Martin Street, Wadesboro, N. C. 

J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. 

R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, N. C. 

Charlie Rogers, 107 Bluett Avene, Rockingham, N. C. 

Richard V. Mabe, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Hamp Wallace, Route 3, Wadesboro, N. C. 

ORDAINING COUNCIL 

Rev. Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 

Rev. R. V. Mabe, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Rev. Angus Prevatte, 420 W. Donaldson Street, Raeford, N. C. 



EXECUTIVE BOARD 

Rev. Charles Maness, 123 W. Martin Street, Wadesboro, N. C. 

Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

W. H. Edwards, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Hills, N. C. 

J. P. Huffman, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Alex Brown, Route 2, Box 3 53, Rockingham, N. C. 

STANDING COMMITTEES 

Sabbath School — Rev. Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 

Education— Rev. R. V. Mabe, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Orphanage- — Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Missions— Rev. R. R. Sheppard, P. O. Box 284, Hamlet, N. C. 

Superannuation — Rev. Charlie Rogers, 107 Bluett Avenue, Rockingham, N. 
C. 

PROGRAM COMMITTEE 

Sister Clayton Steen, Sister Margaret Mathis and Sister Byrd. 

Duties of the program committee is to prepare program for the next 
conference and to arrange with the minister or ministers of their choice to 
preach the day or days. 



PROCEEDINGS 

The fiftieth annual session of the Rockfish Conference of the Original 
Free Will Baptists of the state of North Carolina met with Glennwood Free 
Will Baptist Church, Rockingham, North Carolina, on October 11, 1959. 

Morning Session 

The meeting opened at 10:00 a. m. with the singing of "When I See the 
Blood." Prayer by Rev. R. V. Mabe. 

Welcome address by Rev. Paul Brown. 

Song by the congregation, "Are You Washed in the Blood?" 

Devotional by Rev. Steve English, Scripture reading, John 15:1-17. 

Roll Call of ministers. Ministers present were: Steve English, R. L. 
Clark, R. R. Sheppard, Paul Brown, Charles Maness, J. D. Liles, Charles 
Rogers, Hamp Wallace and R. V. Mabe. 

Ministers reported sick were: C. W. Bennett and J. H. Tyson. 
A visiting minister was made welcome by the moderator, Rev. Charles 
Maness, he was Rev. M. L. Baxley of the Pee Dee Association. 

Reading of previous minutes by clerk. Moved and seconded to accept 
the minutes as read. 

Devotional committee was appointed as follows: Sister Steen, Sister Eng- 
lish and Sister Byrd. They requested Rev. R. V. Mabe to deliver the morn- 
ing message during the worship hour. 

Moved and carried to accept for printing in our minutes the report of 
the quarterly union activities for the past year. 

CHURCH LETTERS 

Sandy Grove: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when 
convened with Glennwood Church at Rockingham, N. C, October 11, 1958. 
We send as delegates our beloved brethren: J. W. Faircloth, Jerry Budd and 
Roy Johnson, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your Godly de- 
liberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; total membership, 26; condition of 
prayer meeting, fair; Condition of Sunday school, good; average number of 
pupils, 50; number of officers, 3; number of teachers, 4. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $333.28; paid evangelist, $234.10; superannuation, 
510.00; building, repairs and other, S337.48; for publication, $41.30; for 
orphanage, S10:00; enclosed for minutes, S10.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, 
N. C, Rev. C. W. Bennett, Box 29, E. Broad Street, St. Pauls, N. C, Rev. 
J. H. Tyson, Raeford, N. C. 

Name of the pastor: Rev. M. L. Baxley, Red Springs, N. C. 

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Done by order of Sandv Grove Church assembled in conference the 
10th day of October, 1958. 

William H. Edwards, Moderator 
Ellen Thames, Cleik 

Hickory Grove: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists, 
when convened with the Glennwood Church at Rockingham, N. C, October 
11, 1958. We send as delegates our beloved brethren: Malcolm Lee, Vader 
Lee, Nicy Lee, Amy Jane Lee and Shirley Barefoot, whom we pray you to 
receive to sit with you in your Godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past three months, 
2; total membership, 52; condition of prayer meeting, good; condition of 
Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 95; nmber of officers, 3; num- 
ber of teachers, 3. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $595.00; paid evangelist, $80.00; building and re- 
pairs, S89.53; enclosed for minutes $10.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. R. R. Sheppard, Hamlet, N. 
C, Rev. Hamp Wallace, Wadesboro, N. C. 

The pastor's name: Rev. Hamp Wallace, Wadesboro, N. C. 

Done bv order of Hickorv Grove Church assembled in conference this 
5th day of October, 1958. 

Rev. Hamp Wallace, Moderator 

E. H. Bryant, Cleric 

Glennwood: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists, when 
convened with Glennwood Church at Rockingham, N. C, October 11, 1958. 
We send as delegates our beloved brethren: Alex Brown, Sister Charlotte 
Steen, Sister Lula Rogers, Sister Virginia Brown and Sister Myrtle Brown, 
whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your Godly deliberations. 

-Statistics: State of religion, fair; members received past 12 months, 4; 
dismissed, 2; died, 2; condition of prayer meeting, good; condition of Sunday 
school, good; average number of pupils, 75; number of officers, 2; number of 
teachers, 4. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $520.00; paid evangelist, $70.00; building and re- 
pairs, $1,500.00; miscellaneous, $570.00; enclosed for minutes, $10.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. Charlie Rogers, Rockingham, 
N. C, Rev. Steve English, Hamlet, N. C, Rev. Sam Parks. 

The pastor's name: Rev. Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 

Done by order of Glennwood Church assembled in conference this 8th 
day of October, 1958. 

Rev. Paul Brown, Moderator 

Clayton Steen, Clerk 



Highland Pines: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists, 
when convened with Glennwood Church at Rockingham, N. C, October 11, 
1958. We send as delegates our beloved brethren: Brother Harris Maulden, 
Sister Stella English, Sister Yates and Sister Ewing, whom we pray you to 
receive to sit with you in your Godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, very good; members received past three 
months, 2; total membership, 67; condition of prayer meeting, very good; 
condition of Sunday school, very good; average number of pupils, 66; number 
of officers, 5; number of teachers, 6. 

Finances: Paid pastor past three months, $550.00; home missions, $29.- 
75; enclosed for minutes, $5.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. David Liles, Hamlet, N. C, 
Rev. Richard V. Mabe, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

The pastor's name: Rev: Richard V. Mabe, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Done by the order of Highland Pines Church assembled in confer- 
ence this 5th day of October, 1958. 

Rev. Richard V. Mabe, Moderator 
Mrs. Edith Sexton, Cleik 

Bethlehem: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists, when 
convened with the Glennwood Church at Rockingham, N. C, October 11, 
1958. We send as delegates our beloved brother: Frank Hunt, whom we 
pray you to receive to sit with you in your Godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past three months, 
2; baptized, 2; dismissed, 1; total membership, 15; condition of Sunday school, 
good; average number of pupils, 50; number of officers, 3; number of teach- 
ers, 3. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $6.50; building and repairs, $100.00; enclosed for 
minutes, S3. 00. 

The pastor's name: Rev. J. D. Liles, Hamlet, N. C. 

Done by order of Bethlehem Church assembled in conference this 4th 
day of October, 1958. 

Rev. J. D. Liles, Moderator 

Albentia Hunt, Clerk 

Mt. Moriah: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists, when 
convened with the Glennwood Church at Rockingham, N. O, October 11, 
1958. We send as delegates our beloved brethren: Herbert Norton, Sister 
Stella Hodges, Sister Margaret Mathis and Sister Catherine Quick, whom we 
pray yo to receive to sit with you in your Godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; total membership, 25; condition of 
Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 30; number of officers, 4; num- 
ber of teachers, 4. 



Finances: Paid pastor, $259.01; paid evangelist, $50.00; building and re- 
pairs, S6.63; enclosed for minutes, $5.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. Angus Prevatte, Raeford, N. 
C, Rev. R. L. Clark, Hamlet, N. C. 

The pastor's name: Rev. Angus Prevatte, Raeford, N. C. 

Done bv order of Mt. Moriah Church assembled in conference this 5th 
day of October, 1958. 

Rev. Angus Prevatte, Moderator 
Ruth Jenkins, Clerk 

Mt. Calvary: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists, when 
convened with the Glennwood Church at Rockingham, N. C, October 11, 
1958. We send as delegates of beloved brethren: Will Peele, Griff Singletary, 
Charlie Pratt, Sister Ada Norton and Sister Lou Byrd, whom we pray you to 
receive to sit with you in your Godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past 12 months, 
16; baptized, 5; dismissed, 6; died, 1; total membership, 54; condition of 
prayer meeting, fair; condition of Sunday school, good; average number of 
pupils, 70; number of officers, 5; number of teachers, 5. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $1,135.00; paid evangelist, $65.00; building and 
repairs, S567.98; for publication, $56.20; enclosed for minutes, $10.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. Daniel Bowen, Rockingham, 
N. C. 

The pastor's name: Rev. Charles Maness, Wadesboro, N. C. 
Done bv order of Mt. Calvarv Church assembled in conference this 4th 
day of October, 1958. 

Rev. Charles Maness, Moderator 
Margarette Brigman, Clerk 

Moved and carried to accept the church letters as read by clerk. 

REPORT OF THE ORDAINING COUNCIL 

We, the ordaining council, submit the following report: 

1. December 29, 1957, the council met at Hickory Grove Church and 
ordained Rev. Richard V. Mabe. 

2. February 9, 1958, the council met at Glennwood Church and or- 
dained Rev. R. T. Sanderson. 

3. August 30, 1958, the ordaining council met at Mt. Calvary Church 
and received two ministers from other conferences: Rev. Hampton Wallace 
came from Southern and Rev. Charlie Rogers came from Pee Dee. 

4. Accepted Rev. Dan Bowen pending letter from former conference. 

Rev. Steve English, Chairman 
Rev. David Liles 
Rev. Ralph Sheppard 

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Moved and carried to accept the ordaining council's report and their 
action. 

Moved and carried to give the moderator permission to appoint a proxy 
to sit with the ordaining council in their meeting today, October 11, 1958. 
Moderator appointed Rev. Angus Prcvatte to sit with the ordaining council. 

Moved and carried that we have no recess. 

11:00 A. M. WORSHIP HOUR 

Song by the congregation, "Just Over in the Glory Land." Prayer by 
Rev. M. L. Baxlev. Another song bv the congregation, "Nothing But the 
Blood." 

Sermon by Rev. R. V. Mabe. Scripture text, Numbers 20:7-13. Theme, 
"Disobedience." A very well delivered and a timely message for this time 
when we ask ourselves are we obeying God's commands. 

Adjourn for lunch. Dismissed by prayer. 

Lunch served by the host church and enjoyed by all. Many thanks 
to the people who prepared lunch and for their efforts. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Song by the congregation, "Take the Name of Jesus." Prayer by Sister 
Steen. 

Devotional bv Rev. R. V. Mabe. Scripture read from 2 Corinthians 5:- 
14-21. 

Clerk read proceedings of morning session. 

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT 

We, your executive board, met with Mt. Moriah Church on April 27, 
1958, for the purpose of the readmission of Mt. Moriah Church as a mem- 
ber of the Rockfish Conference. Vote was for readmission pending the an- 
nual session in October, 1958. 

Rev. Charles Maness, Chairman 
Rev. Paul Brown 
W. H. Edwards 
Roy Johnson 

Moved and carried to accept the report and action of the executive 
board. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS 

Missions 

We, your missions committee, urge the churches to remember the 
missionaries, both home and foreign, with our offerings. We may not all be 
able to go, but we can go in spirit and in gifts. 

Rev. Steve English 



Moved and carried to adopt the report of our missions committee. 

As the missions report was the only report received, the moderator de- 
plored the absence of the others, and begged the committees appointed this 
session to work and report at the next session. 

Motion made and carried to appoint a program committee. Motion by 
Rev. R. V. Mabe. Committee members: Sister Clayton Steen, Sister Mar- 
garet Mathis and Sister Byrd. 

Moved and carried for the ordaining council to investigate the ill rumors 
about Rev. Sam Parks. Motion by Rev. R. V. Mabe. 

Moved and carried for the conference to issue I. D. cards for its min- 
isters. Cards to bear the name of the conference and the minister who the 
card is issued to, signed by the moderator and clerk. The cost of the card to 
be $1.00 to be paid by each minister. Motion by Rev. R. R. Sheppard. 
Committee appointed to prepare cards were Rev. R. R. Sheppard, Rev. R. V. 
Mabe and Brother Alex Brown. 

Moved and carried to elect new officers for the next term. Officers 
elected were as listed in the front of this minute. 

Standing committees appointed by the moderator. Committees ap- 
pointed were approved by vote of the conference and are listed in the front 
of this minute. 

Offering for superannuation was taken, total SI 0.38. 

Orphanage report by Rev. M. L. Baxley. Welcome was given to all to 
visit our Children's Home at Middlesex, N. C. 

Song by quartet. 

Moved and carried to hold next annual session of the Rockfish Con- 
ference at Highland Pines Church, Hamlet, N. C, on Saturday before the 
second Sunday in October, 1959. 

Moved and carried to adjourn. Dismissed by prayer by Rev. Steve Eng- 
lish. 

Rev. Charles Maness, Moderator 

William H. Edwards, Clerk 

QUARTERLY UNIONS 

The yearly report of activities of the union of Rockfish Conference for 
the year of 19 58 as compiled by the clerk, Rev. R. R. Sheppard. At present 
we have six churches and thirteen ordained ministers. 

January 11, 1958, the union met at Hickory Grove Church near Fay- 
etteville, N. C, with three churches represented. Motions voted and passed 
on as follows: 

1. The executive board to visit St. John Church and inquire why they 
have not been represented at the last two sessions. 

2. Committee was appointed to submit minutes of union to secretary 
of annual for printing in same. 

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3. A special offering was made to acquire song books for Rev. Charles 
Mancss to use in his tent services. 

March 28, 1958, the union met at Glennwood Church at Rockingham, 
N. C. Motions voted and passed as follows: 

1. A program committee was elected as follows: Rev. Charles Maness, 
Brother W. II. Edwards and Rev. R. R. Sheppard, to prepare programs for 
union meetings for one year. 

2. At this time Mt. Moriah Church which had been received by the 
executive committee was put before the union. The church was accepted and 
the right hand of fellowship was given. 

June 2S, 1958, the union met at Mt. Calvary Church at Rockingham, 
N. C. All churches were represented. Motions voted and passed were as 
follows: 

1. Mt. Calvary Church presented to the union with letter and delegates. 

2. For other business see ordaining council's report. 

3. To meet at Mt. Calvary Church to organize a quarterly singing con- 
vention for each fifth Sunday night to be held at different churches in con- 
ference. 

August 30, 1958, the union met at Mt. Moriah Church at Hamlet, 
N. C. Motions voted and passed were as follows: 

1. To reinstate Bethlehem Church at Patrick, S. C. Represented by 
letter and delegates. 

2. Highland Pines Church, represented by letter and delegates, was en- 
tered in full fellowship of union. 

3. The union to buy a mimeograph machine to print matters of the 
Rockfish Conference. Rev. R. R. Sheppard to purchase machine, also oper- 
ate it with each church paying for matter used. 

Rev. Paul Brown, Moderator 
Rev. R. R. Sheppard, Clerk 



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Constitution 

OF THE ROCKFISH CONFERENCE OF FREE WILL BAPTISTS 

OF NORTH CAROLINA 

From experience, we, the members of the Rockfish Conference of Free 
Will Baptists, being regularly baptized upon a profession of our faith in 
Jesus Christ, and realizing the necessity of union and fellowship among us 
as a church, and wishing to promote ourselves in state convention and 
national convention work for the salvation of souls and a greater denomina- 
tion, do therefore ordain this constitution for our better conference govern- 
ment: 

Article 1 : This conference shall be called the Rockfish Conference of 
Original Free Will Baptists of North Carolina. 

Article 2: The offices of this conference shall be a moderator, vice- 
moderator, clerk and treasurer, and are to be elected for a term of two years, 
with election occurring on even years at the close of the session. 

Article 3: This conference shall be composed of delegates, elected or ap- 
pointed by the Free Will Baptist churches who are members of this confer- 
ence, and ministers, both licensed and ordained, who are members of this 
conference. 

Article 4: Each church shall be entitled to five delegates and one addi- 
tional delegate for every twenty-five members over fifty. 



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Article 5: This conference shall meet once each year on Friday and 
Saturday before the second Sunday in October, or at such time and place as 
may be decided upon at the preceding session. 

Article 6: The churches united with this conference shall send, by the 
hands of their delegates, a full account of all work done by them during the 
conference year (October through September), and all such statistics and 
information as will be interesting and helpful. 

Article 7: The exective board shall consist of three members elected by 
the conference, one for one year, one for two years and one for three years. 
The conference officials are members ex-officio of the executive board. The 
executive board shall have interim authority. 

Article 8: The conference may withdraw from any church, after investi- 
gation has been made, that becomes disorderly or refuses to represent by let- 
ter or delegation. 

Article 9: This conference assumes no higher authority than an advisory 
council. 

Article 10: The ordination council shall consist of five ministers to be 
elected by the conference annually. The council shall select its chairman 
from these five. 

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Article 1 1 : All committees shall be appointed by the committee on com- 
mittees. The committee on committees is to be appointed by the modera- 
tor at the beginning of the session. 

Article 12: The Discipline of the Faith and Practices of the Original 
Free Will Baptists of North Carolina is to be used by all churches retaining 
membership in this conference. 

Article 13: This conference shall in no wise interfere with the business 
of any church unless that church, being a member of this conference shall 
abuse the rights of this conference as set forth in its constitution rules or the 
Discipline of the Faith and Practices of the Original Free Will Baptists of 
North Carolina. 

Article 14: This constitution may be amended at any annual meeting 
of the conference by a two-thirds vote of the delegates and ministers attend- 
ing, providing a motion of such change has been given in writing during the 
first setting of said meeting after permanent organization. 



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Rules 

Rule 1 : The ordination council, executive board and all committees must 
give a written report of their work annually to the conference. 

Rule 2: The union is to function for the sole purpose of fellowship be- 
tween our sister churches. The union shall select its own officers, meet as 
often as is agreed upon by the union in session and make reports of proceed- 
ings to the annual conference. This report of proceedings, if adopted, will 
be printed in the minutes. 

Rule 3 : The chairman of each board or committee is to be the treasurer 
of its funds. 

Rule 4: The general fund is to consist of money paid to the annual con- 
ference. The amount of money to be paid shall not be less than ten dollars 
per church. The clerk shall be expected to notify any church that fails to pay 
its ten dollars annually. 

Rule 5: Ministers wishing to unite with this conference might do so 
after being approved by the ordination council. 

Rule 6: Any person wishing to be licensed or ordained to preach the gos- 
pel must take steps as set forth in the Rules of Church Discipline. 

Rule 7: Every member wishing to speak must rise first and address the 
moderator. 

Rule 8: Any minister causing disturbance in a sister church shall be in- 
vestigated and dealt with by the ordaining council. 

Rule 9: Any church wishing to unite with the conference must first 
present itself before the executive board. After approving the church, the 
executive board shall proceed to give the right hand of fellowship subject to 
the approval of the conference. 



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MINUTES 



of the 

Original Free Will Baptists 



Held with 
HIGHLAND PINES FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Route 2, Hamlet, North Carolina 

October 10, 1959 



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ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 






MINUTES 

of the 

Fifty-First Annual Session 

of the 

ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 

of the 

Original Free Will Baptists 



Held with 
HIGHLAND PINES FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Route 2, Hamlet, North Carolina 
October 10, 1959 



OFFICERS 

Moderator — Rev. Charles Maness, 123 W. Martin Street, Wadesboro, N. C. 
Assistant Moderator — Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 
Secretary-Treasurer — William H. Edwards, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Mills, N. 
C. 

CHURCHES, CHURCH CLERKS AND ADDRESSES 

Sandy Grove— William H. Edwards, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Mills, N. C. 

Hickory Grove — Ernest B. Barefoot, No Address 

Highland Pines — No Report 

Glenwood — Mrs. Audrey Driggers, No Address 

Mount Calvary — Mrs. Helen Norton, No Address 

Mount Moriah — Ruth Jenkins, No Address 

Bethlehem — Daisy Liles, No Address 

To interested persons wishing to write to church clerks, where there is 
no address listed, please write to the pastor of said church whose address is 
listed in the church letters printed elsewhere in these minutes, or write to 
the conference clerk. 

ORDAINED MINISTERS 

Steve English, Route 2, Flamlet, N. C. 

C. W. Bennett, Box 29, E. Broad Street, St. Pauls, N. C. 

R. L. Clerk, Route 1, Box 4S1-M, Hamlet, N. C. 

J. H. Tyson, Raeford, N. C. 

Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 

Sam Parks, Gen. Del., Rockingham, N. C. 

Charles Maness, 123 W. Martin Street, Wadesboro, N. C. 

J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. 

R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, N. C. 

Charlie Rogers, 107 Bluett Avenue, Rockingham, N. C. 

Hamp Wallace, Route 1, 404, Wadesboro, N. C. 

Angus Prevatte, 713 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford, N. C. 

ORDAINING COUNCIL 

Rev. Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 

Rev. Angus Prevatte, 713 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford, N. C. 

Rev. R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, N. C. 

Rev. J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. 

Rev. R. L. Clark, Route 1, Box 481-M, Hamlet, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE BOARD 

Rev. Charles Maness, 123 W. Martin Street, Wadesboro, N. C. 

Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

W. H. Edwards, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Mills, N. C. 

J. P. Huffman, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Alex Brown, Route 2, Box 353, Rockingham, N. C. 



STANDING COMMITTEES 

Sabbath School — Rev. Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 

Education — Rev. Hamp Wallace, Route 1, Box 404, Wadesboro, N. C. 

Orphanage — Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Missions — Rev. R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, N. C. 

Superannuation — Rev. }. C. Rogers, 107 Bluett Avenue, Rockingham, N. C. 

Cragmont (Special) — Alfred Hardin of Highland Pines Church 

PROGRAM COMMITTEE 

Sister Clayton Steen, Sister Margaret Mathis and Sister Byrd. 

PROCEEDINGS 

The fifty-first annual session of the Rockfish Conference of the Original 
Free Will Baptists of the state of North Carolina met with Highland Pines 
Free Will Baptist Church, Route 2, Flamlet, North Carolina, on October 
10, 1959. 

Morning Session 

The meeting opened at 10:00 a. m. with the congregation singing 
"Glory to His Name" and "Amazing Grace." 

Devotional service by Rev. Angus Prevatte, reading Psalm 61. 
(Rev. J. C. Rogers served as clerk because of the absence of the clerk, 
W. H. Edwards.) 

Call for church letters. Churches represented by letter and delegates 
were: Glenwood, Sandy Grove, Hickory Grove, Mt. Moriah, Mt. Calvary 
and Bethlehem. 

The delegates were recognized and seated. 

Previous minutes were read by the clerk. 

Devotional committee requested Rev. Jim Benoit to preach at 11:00 a. 
m. worship hour. 

10:55 a. m., recess. 

11:00 a. m., worship hour. Rev. Jim Benoit preached a very inspiring 
message taken from Ephesians 6:10, which everyone enjoyed. 

Afternoon Session 

Reassembled at 1:00 p. m. with singing by the congregation. 

Devotional reading by Rev. J. C. Rogers, reading Psalm 133. 

Business: Motion made and carried for the executive board to find out 
if the St. John Free Will Baptist Church has or has not joined another 
conference. Motion by Rev. Paul Brown. 

Rev. R. V. Mabe was granted a letter of dismissal with recommendations 
because of his moving to another section of the state. We regret the loss of 
Rev. Mabe, but our prayers go with him. 

Motion made and carried to amend Article 10 of the constitution to 
read: "The ordination council shall consist of five ministers to be elected by 

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the conference for a term of two years. The council shall select its chairman 
from these five." 

Motion made and carried that the pastor of each church take an offer- 
ing at least once each year for superannuation. Motion by Rev. J. C. Rog- 
ers. 

Rev. Charles Maness read a letter sent by R. R. Sheppard requesting 
that he, R. R. Sheppard, be relieved of all duties in the conference for which 
he is responsible, and that he would give up his credentials as a minister. 

Moved and carried to grant Brother Sheppard's request, also instruct 
the ordaining council to visit Brother Sheppard to offer reconciliation. 

Rev. M. L. Baxley made report on various Free Will Baptist projects 
state-wide, and encouraged our participation in these projects. 

C O M M ITTEE REPORTS 
SUPERANNUATION 

Visited each church in the conference. 
Offering by All Churches $29.89 

Offering in Conference 2.11 



Total S32.00 

Rev. J. C. Rogers 



The report was verbal, 



MISSIONS 



Rev. R. V. Mabe 



Committees were appointed as listed elsewhere in the minute. 
Moved and carried to hold the next annual session of the Rockfish 
Conference at Hickory Grove Free Will Baptist Church near Rockfish 
Station, Cumberland County, North Carolina, on Saturday, October 8, 
1960, by the help of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Dismissed with prayer. 

Rev. Charles Maness, Moderator 

W. H. Edwards, Clerk 

Route 1, Box 9 

Hope Mills, North Carolina 

Constitution 

OF THE ROCKFISH CONFERENCE OF FREE WILL BAPTISTS 

OF NORTH CAROLINA 

From experience, we, the members of the Rockfish Conference of Free 
Will Baptists, being regularly baptized upon a profession of our faith in 
Jesus Christ, and realizing the necessity of a bond of union and fellowship 
among us as a church, and wishing to promote ourselves in state convention 
and national convention work for the salvation of souls and a greater denom- 
ination, do therefore ordain this constitution for our better conference gov- 
ernment: 



Article 1 : This conference shall be called the Rockfish Conference of 
Original Free Will Baptists of North Carolina. 

Article 2: The officers of this conference shall be a moderator, vice- 
moderator, clerk and treasurer, and are to be elected for a term of two years, 
with election occurring on even years at the close of the session. 

Article 3: This conference shall be composed of delegates, elected or ap- 
pointed by the Free Will Baptist churches who are members of this confer- 
ence, and ministers, both licensed and ordained, who are members of this 
conference. 

Article 4: Each church shall be entitled to five delegates and one addi- 
tional delegate for every twenty-five members over fifty. 

Article 5: This conference shall meet once each year on Friday and 
Saturday before the second Sunday in October, or at such time and place 
as ma}- be decided upon at the preceding session. 

Article 6: The churches united with this conference shall send, by the 
hands of their delegates, a full account of all work done by them during the 
conference year (October through September), and all such statistics and 
information as will be interesting and helpful. 

Article 7: The executive board shall consist of three members elected 
by the conference, one for one year, one for two years and one for three 
years. The conference officials are members ex-officio of the executive board. 
The executive board shall have interim authority. 

Article 8: The conference may withdraw from any church, after inves- 
tigation has been made, that becomes disorderly or refuses to represent by 
letter or delegation. 

Article 9: This conference assumes no higher authority than an advisory 
council. 

Article 10: The ordination council shall consist of five ministers to be 
elected by the conference for a term of two years. The council shall select 
its chairman from these five. 

Article 11: All committees shall be appointed by the committee on 
committees. The committee on committees is to be appointed by the mod- 
erator at the beginning of the session. 

Article 12: The Discipline of the Faith and Practices of the Original 
Free Will Baptists of North Carolina is to be used by all churches retaining 
membership in this conference. 

Article 13: This conference shall in no wise interfere with the business 
of any church unless that church, being a member of this conference shall 
abuse the rights of this conference as set forth in its constitution rules or the 
Discipline of the Faith and Practices of the Original Free Will Baptists of 
North Carolina. 

Article 14: This constitution may be amended at any annual meeting 
of the conference by a two-thirds vote of the delegates and ministers at- 
tending, providing a motion of such change has been given in writing during 
the first setting of said meeting after permanent organization. 

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Rules 

Rule 1 : The ordination council, executive board and all committees 
must give a written report of their work annually to the conference. 

Rule 2: The union is to function for the sole purpose of fellowship be- 
tween our sister churches. The union shall select its own officers, meet as 
often as is agreed upon by the union in session and make reports of proceed- 
ings to the annual conference. This report of proceedings, if adopted, will 
be printed in the minutes. 

Rule 3: The chairman of each board or committee is to be the treasurer 
of its funds. 

Rule 4: The general fund is to consist of money paid to the annual con- 
ference. The amount of money to be paid shall not be less than ten dollars 
per church. The clerk shall be expected to notify any church that fails to pay 
its ten dollars annually. 

Rule 5: Ministers wishing to unite with this conference might do so 
after being approved by the ordination council. 

Rule 6: Any person wishing to be licensed or ordained to preach the 
gospel must take steps as set forth in the Rules of Church Discipline. 

Rule 7: Every member wishing to speak must rise first and address 
the moderator. 

Rule 8: Any minister causing disturbance in a sister church shall be 
investigated and dealt with by the ordaining council. 

Rule 9: Any church wishing to unite with the conference must first 
present itself before the executive board. After approving the church, the 
executive board shall proceed to give the right hand of fellowship subject 
to the approval of the conference. 

CHURCH LETTERS 

Glenwood: To the Rockfish Annual Conference which convened with 
the Highland Pines Free Will Baptist Church, Saturday, October 19, 1959. 
We sent to sit with you in your Godly deliberations the following delegates: 
Sister Charlotte Steen, Sister Ledia Richardson, Sister Audrey Driggers, 
Sister Beulah Morris and Brother Allen Morris. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. Steve English, Rev. Paul 
Brown, Rev. Charlie Rogers and Rev. Sam Parks. 

Statistics: Members deceased in past year, 1; members received in past 
year, 11; average Sunday school attendance, 65; condition of prayer meeting, 
fair. 

Finances: Evangelist, $75.00; literature, $50.00; miscellaneous, $620.16; 
janitor's fee, $104.00; foreign missions, $20.00; children's home, $100.00; 
superannuation, $10.00; building fund, $750.00; enclosed for minutes, $5.00. 

Done in this order this Wednesdav, October 7, 1959, bv the Glenwood 
Free Will Baptist Church. 

Rev. Paul Brown, Moderator 
Mrs. Audrey Diggers, Clerk 
Rev. Paul Brown, Pastor 



Mt. Calvary: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when 
convened with the Highland Pines Church at Hamlet, North Carolina, on 
October 10, 1959. We send as delegates our beloved brethren and sister, 
Will Peele, Claude Sellers and Mr. and Mrs. Griff Singletary, whom we pray 
you to receive to sit with you in Godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past twelve months, 
18; baptized, 7; total membership, 72; condition of prayer meeting, fair; con- 
dition of Sunday school, good; average attendance, 65; number of officers, 
5; number of teachers, 5. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $939.00; paid evangelist, $65.00; home missions, 
$15.00; building and repairs, $75.00; education, $35.00; publication, $52.00; 
enclosed for minutes, $10.00. 

Minister belonging to our church: Rev. Charles Maness, Wadesboro, 
North Carolina. Pastor's name, Rev. Charles Maness. 

Done by order of the Mt. Calvary Church assembled in conference this 
4th day of October, 1959. 

Charles Maness, Moderator 
Mrs. Helen Norton, Clerk 

Sandy Grove: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when 
convened with the Highland Pines Church at Hamlet, North Carolina, 
October 10, 1959. We send as delegates our beloved brethren, G. H. Carver 
and W. H. Edwards, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your 
Godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past three months, 
3; baptized, 3; total membership, 80; condition of Sunday school, good; aver- 
age number of pupils, 70; number of officers, 4; number of teachers, 4. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $276.89; paid evangelist, $95.00; building and 
repairs, $388.00; education, $40.00; enclosed for minutes, $10.00 

Ministers belonging to our church, Rev. C. W. Bennett, St. Pauls, 
North Carolina and Rev. R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, North Carolina. Pas- 
tor's name, Rev. M. L. Baxley, Red Springs, North Carolina. 

Done by order of Sandy Grove Church assembled in conference this 
30th day of September, 1959. 

M. L. Baxley, Moderator 
Ellen Thames, Clerk 

Mt. Moriah: To the Rockfish Annual Conference of Free Will Bap- 
tists when convened with the Highland Pines Church at Hamlet, North 
Carolina. We send as delegates our beloved brother and sisters, R. L. Clark, 
Ruth Jenkins, Stella Hodges and Addie Jenkins, whom we pray you to receive 
to sit with you in your Godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past three months, 
2; baptized, 2; dismissed, 1; total membership, 25; condition of Sunday 
school, good; average number of pupils, 25; number of officers, 4; number of 
teachers, 3. 



Finances: Paid pastor, $219.31; superannuation, $8.00; enclosed for 
minutes, SI 0.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. Angus Prevatte, Raeford, North 
Carolina, and Rev. R. L. Clark, Hamlet, North Carolina. Pastor's name, 
Rev. Angus Prevatte. 

Done by order of Mt. Moriah Church assembled in conference this 4th 
clay of October, 1959. 

Angus Prevatt, Moderator 
Ruth Jenkins, Clerk 

Bethlehem: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when 
convened with Highland Pines Church at Hamlet, North Carolina, October 
10, 1959. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past three months, 
1; total membership, 18; condition of Sunday school, good; average number 
of pupils, 50; number of officers, 4; number of teachers, 3. 

Finances: Paid pastor, S3 3.07; offering in conference, $5.00; enclosed 
for minutes, S5.00. 

Pastor's name, Rev. J. D. Liles, Box 321, Hamlet, North Carolina. 

Done by order of Bethlehem Church assembled in conference this 
10th day of October, 1959. 

Rev. J. D. Liles, Moderator 
Daisy Liles, Clerk 

(Please pray for us that we may be able to finish our Sunday school 
rooms that we have started.) 

Hickory Grove: To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when 
convened with Highland Pines Church at Hamlet, North Carolina, October 
10, 19 59. We send as delegates our beloved brethren and sisters, Jesse W. 
Lee, Avy Jane Lee; Eva Batten, Annie Thames, Vader E. Lee and Shirley 
Barefoot, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your Godly deliber- 
ations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past 12 months, 5; 
baptized, 1; dismissed, 6; total membership, 34; condition of prayer meet- 
ing, average; condition of Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 
65; number of officers, 8; number of teachers, 4. 

Finances: Paid pastor, S440.00; paid evangelist, $110.00; home mis- 
sions, S3. 94; building and repairs, $200.00; publication, $18.00; enclosed for 
minutes, SI 0.00. 

Minister belonging to our church, Rev. Hamp Wallace, Route 1, Box 
404, Wadesboro, North Carolina, Pastor's name, Rev. Hamp Wallace. 

Done by the order of Flickory Grove Church assembled in conference 
the 7th day of September, 1959. 

Rev. Hemp Wallace, Moderator 
Ernest B. Barefoot, Clerk 





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MINUTES 

of the 

Fifty-Third Annual Session 

of the 

ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 

of the 

Original Free Will Baptists 



Held with 

SANDY GROVE FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Route 2, St. Pauls, Robeson County 
North Carolina 

October 7, 1961 



MINUTES 

of the 

Fifty-Third Annual Session 

of the 

ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 

of the 

Original Free Will Baptists 



Held with 

SANDY GROVE FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Route 2, St. Pauls, Robeson County, North Carolina 
October 7, 1961 ' 



OFFICERS 
- Moderator— Rev. J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. 
• Assistant Moderator — Rev. R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, N. C. 
Secrcrary-7'reasurcr — William H. Edwards, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Mills, N. C. 

CHURCHES, CHURCH CLERKS AND ADDRESSES 
Sandy Grove — Mrs. Marion L. Johnson, Route 1, Hope Mills, N. C. 
Hickory Grove — Mrs. Dorothy Sandy, Route 3, Box 376, Fayetteville, N. C. 
GJemvood — Mr. Alex B. Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 
Mount Calvary — Eula Jenkins, Route 1, Box 185-X, Hamlet, N. C. 
Mount Moriah — Mrs. Ruth Jenkins, Route 2, Box 42, Hamlet, N. C. 
Bethlehem— Miss Daisy Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. 
Highland Pines — No Report. 

ORDAINED MINISTERS 

♦ Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

'Rev. J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. 

'Rev. C. W. Bennett, Box 29 E. Broad Street, St. Pauls, N. C. 

iRev. R. L. Clark, Route 1, Box 4S1-M, Hamlet, N. C. 

#Rev. Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 

'Rev. Charles Maness, 123 W. Martin Street, Wadesboro, N. C. 

4Rev. R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, N. C. 

Rev. Hamp Wallace, Route 1, Box 404, Wadesboro, N. C. 
*Rev. Angus Prevatte, 713 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford, N. C. 

Rev. E. P. Pierce, Route 1, Hartsville, S. C. 

Rev. Stanley Parkev, P. O. Box 588, Spring Lake, N. C. 

LICENTIATE 
Rev. C. T. Hall, 408 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, N. C. 

ORDAINING COUNCIL 

#Rev. Angus Prevatte, 713 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford, N. C. 
/Rev. Charles Maness, 123 W. Martin Street, Wadesboro, N. C. 
"Rev. R. L. Clark, Route 1, Box 481-M, Hamlet, N. C. 
*Rev. Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 
Rev. Hamp Wallace, Route 1, Box 404, Wadesboro, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE BOARD 

t Rev. J. D. Liles, P. O. Box 321, Hamlet, N. C. 
#Rev. R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, N. C. 

Rev. E. P. Pierce, Route 1, Hartsville, S. C. 

Mr. W. H. Edwards, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Mills, N. C. 

Mr. Jeremiah Budd, Route 3, Box 1064, Fayetteville, N. C 

STANDING COMMITTEES 

Sabbath School — Rev. Paul Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, N. C. 
Education— Rev. Hamp Wallace, Route 1, Box 404, Wadesboro, N. C. 
Orphanage — Mr. J. W. Lee, Route 3, Fayetteville, N. C. 

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Missions — Rev. R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, N. C. 

Superannuation — Rev. Charlie T. Hall, 408 Cedar Creek Road, Favetteville, 

N. C. 
Cragmont (Special) — W. H. Edwards, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Mills, N. C. 

PROGRAM COMMITTEE 
Mrs. Marv Lee Hall, Mrs. Lineze Johnson and Mr. Roy Johnson 



PROCEEDINGS 

The fifty-third annual session of the Rockfish Conference of the Original 
Free Will Baptists of the state of North Carolina, met with Sanely Grove Free 
Will Baptist Church, Route 2, St. Pauls, Robeson County, North Carolina, 
on October 7, 1961. 

The meeting opened at 10:00 a. m. with the congregation singing "The 
Gloryland Way." Prayer by Rev. Steve English. 

Song by congregation, "Father Along." 

Devotional by Rev. F. P. Pierce; Scripture reading, Matthew 7. 

Song by congregation, "Work for the Night Is Coming." 

Welcome address, Rev. C. T. Hall, pastor of host church. 

Response by moderator, Rev. J. D. Liles. 

Song by congregation, "Face to Face." 

Roll call of ministers; those present were: Revs. Steve English, J. D. 
Liles, C. W. Bennett, R. L. Clark, Charles Maness, R. T. Sanderson, Hamp 
Wallace, Angus Prcvatte, E. P. Pierce, C. T. Hall and J. C. Rogers. 

Rev. J. C. Rogers stated that his desires were for his name to remain on 
the Rockfish Conference roster. 

CHURCH LETTERS 

Called for church letters. Churches reporting were as follows: 

Sandy Cyrove — To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when 
convened with the Sandy Grove Free Will Baptist Church at St. Pauls, North 
Carolina, October 7, 1961. We send as delegates our beloved brethren: 
Brothers Dunk Budd, Jesse Sessoms, J. W. Faircloth, G. H. Carver and Sister 
Sessoms, whom we prav you to receive to sit with you in your Godly delibera- 
tions. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; total members, 30; condition of Sunday 
school, good; average number of pupils, 75; number of officers, 5; number of 
teachers, 5. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $496.21; light and fuel, $65.87; miscellaneous, 
$94.64; building and repairs, $506.28; orphanage, $21.00; for publication, 
$56.56; enclosed for minutes, $10.00; quarterly unions, $10.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, 
North Carolina; Rev. Charlie T. Flail, Fayettevillc, North Carolina; Rev. C. W. 
Bennett, St. Pauls, North Carolina. 

Pastor's name: Rev. Charlie T. Hall. 

Done by order of Sandy Grove Free Will Baptist Church assembled in 
conference September 30, 1961. 

Rev. Charlie T. Hall, Moderator 

Marion L. Johnson, Clerk 

Hickory Grove — To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when 

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convened with the Sandy Grove Free Will Baptist Church at St. Pauls, North 
Carolina, October 7, 1961. We send as delegates our beloved brethren and 
sisters: Jesse W. Lee, Avy Jane Lee, Dorothy Sandy, Eva Bottom and Alma 
Player, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in your Godly delibera- 
tions. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received past three months, 3; 
total membership, 28; condition of prayer meeting, poor; condition of Sunday 
school; good, average number of pupils, 45; number of officers, 3; number of 
teachers, 5. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $498.41; paid evangelist, $50.00; building and re- 
pairs, $400.00; for publication, $45.00; enclosed for minutes, $10.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. Hamp Wallace, Route 1, Wades- 
boro, North Carolina; Rev. Bcrnie C. Player, 720 Richmond Road, Rocking- 
ham, North Carolina. 

Pastor's name: Rev. Bernic C. Player. 

Done by order of Hickory Grove Free Will Baptist Church when assem- 
bled in conference October 1, 1961. 

Rev. Bernie C. Player, Moderator 
Mrs. Dorothy Sandy, Clerk 
Route 3, Box 376 ' 
Fayetteville, N. C. 

.Mount Moriah — To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when 
convened with the Sandy Grove Free Will Baptist Church at St. Pauls, North 
Carolina, October 7, 1961. We send as delegates our beloved sisters: Stella 
Hodges, Addie Jenkins and Doris Watts, whom we pray you to receive to sit 
with you in your Godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; total membership, 30; condition of Sun- 
day school, good; average number of pupils, 20; number of officers, 3; number 
of teachers, 3. 

Finances: Paid pastor, 5163.00; building and repairs, $177.41; for publica- 
tion, $15.00; enclosed for minutes, $5.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. Angus Prevatte, 713 Hawkins 
Street, Sanford, North Carolina; Rev. R. L. Clark, Route 1, Hamlet, North 
Carolina. 

Pastor's name: Rev. Angus Prevatte. 

Done by order of Mount Moriah Free Will Baptist Church when assem- 
bled in conference October 1, 1961. 

Rev. R. L. Clark, Moderator 
Ruth Jenkins, Clerk 
Route 2, Box 42 
Hamlet, N. C. 

Bethlehem — To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when con- 
vened with the Sandy Grove Free Will Baptist Church at St. Pauls, North 
Carolina, October 7, 1961. 



Statistics: State of religion, good; total membership, 22; condition of 
Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 32; number of officers, 6; 
number of teachers, 3. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $68.72; building and repairs, $86.80; enclosed for 
minutes, $10.00. 

Ministers belonging to our church; Rev. J. David Liles, Box 321, Hamlet, 
North Carolina; Rev. E. P. Pierce, Route 1, Hartsville, South Carolina. 

Pastor's name: Rev. }. David Liles. 

Done by order of Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church when assembled 
in conference October 7, 1961. 

Rev. J. David Liles, Moderator 

Daisy Liles, Clerk 

Box 321 

Hamlet, N. C. 

We are small in number but strong in Christ. Prav for us that we might 
always be in the center of His will. 

Mt. Calvary — To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when 
convened with the Sandy Grove Free Will Baptist Church at St. Pauls, North 
Carolina, October 7, 1961. We send as delegates our beloved sisters: Cleo 
Singlctary and Eula Jenkins, whom we pray you to receive to sit with you in 
your Godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, fair; members received this year, 2; baptized, 
2; total membership, 74; condition of prayer meeting, fair; condition of Sunday 
school, fair; average number of pupils, 65; number of teachers, 4. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $1,275.00; paid evangelist, $95.00; home missions, 
$60.00; for publication, $35.06; enclosed for minutes, $10.00. 

Minister belonging to our church: Rev. Charles Maness, Wadesboro, 
North Carolina. 

Pastor's name: Rev. Charles Maness. 

Done by order of Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church when assembled 
in conference. 

Rev. Charles Maness, Moderator 
Eula Jenkins, Clerk 
Route 1, Box 185-X 
Hamlet, N. C. 

Glenwood — To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists when 
convened with the Sandy Grove Free Will Baptist Church at St. Pauls, North 
Carolina, October 7, 1961. We send as delegates of beloved brothers and 
sisters: Mr. and Mrs. Archie Furr; Mrs. Annie Brown, Mrs. Charlotte Stecn 
and Miss Carolyn Carpenter, whom we prav you to receive to sit with you in 
your Godly deliberations. 

Statistics: State of religion, good; members received this past year, 4; 
baptized, 2; condition of prayer meeting, good; condition of Sunday school, 

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good; average number of pupils, 72; number of officers, 2; number of teachers, 
5. 

Finances: Paid pastor, $2,517.50; paid evangelist, $130.00; home missions, 
$150.00; building and repairs, $125.00; for publication, $30.00; for education, 
$74.00; enclosed for minutes, $6.00. 

Minister belonging to our church: Rev. Carl Brown, Route 2, Rocking- 
ham, North Carolina. 

Pastor's name: Rev. Carl Brown. 

Done bv order of the Glemvood Free Will Baptist Church when assem- 
bled in conference October 4, 1961. 

Rev. Carl Brown, Moderator 
A. B. Brown, Clerk 
Route 2 
Rockingham, N. C. 

We have been having cottage prayer meetings and have been blessed to 
see ten souls saved in these meetings. 

Motion made, seconded and carried to receive church letters as read. 

Reading of minutes of last session by clerk. Motion made, seconded and 
carried to accept same. 

Moderator appointed committee to select a minister to preach at the 
morning worship hour. Committee appointed: Mrs. Mary Flail, Mrs. Char- 
lotte Steen and Mrs. Dorothy Sandy. 

The moderator read a few paragraphs from the Treatise of the Free Will 
Baptists of North Carolina, then entertained a motion that we, the Rockfish 
Conference, to go on record to have accepted the Treatise of the State Conven- 
tion of Original Free Will Baptises of the state of North Carolina as our guide 
for the future actions of our conference. 

Motion nic.de and seconded that the Rockfish Conference as a recognized 
member of the State Convention of Original Free Will Baptists of the state 
of North Carolina shall abide by the covenant, rules and regulations of the 
treatise as printed and issued by the State Convention of Original Free Will 
Baptists of North Carolina. Carried by the majority. 

The devotional committee requested Rev. Charles Maness to preach at 
the morning worship hour. 

Rev. Steve English asked to be excused because of the death of a member 
of his family. Permission granted. 

Song by congregation, "An Old Account Settled." 
A few minutes recess. 

Assembled at 11:15 a. m. for the worship hour. 
Congregational song, "Where We'll Never Grow Old." 

Sermon by Rev. Charles Maness; text, Revelation 22:17; John 1:1-41; 
theme, "Salvation and Discipleship." Rev. Maness brought a timely message. 
Congregational song, "When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder." 

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Prayer bv Rev. E. P. Pieree. 

Invitation given by Rev. C. T. Hall for everyone to stay for lunch. 

Lunch was served at 12:00 noon by the ladies of Sandy Grove Church and 
a more bountiful and delicious meal would be hard to find. A hearty thanks 
to the ladies who were responsible for the meal served. 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Reassembled at 1:00 p. m. with the congregation singing, "Camping in 
Canaan's Land." 

Prayer by W. H. Edwards. 

Song by congregation, "The Pearly White City." 

Devotional by Rev. R. L. Clark; Scripture reading, Matthew 3. 

Congregational song, "When I See the Blood." 

Song by ministers, "Amazing Grace." 

Motion made, seconded and carried to accept Rev. Stanley Parkey as a 
fellow minister. 

Rev. Parkev comes to us by letter from the Eastern Quarterly Meeting of 
the Union Association of Elizabethton, Tennessee. 

Discussion of the conference to be in session for two days. Reasons for a 
longer session were as follows: We need a longer time for business reasons, and 
to give the various committees, boards and councils to give a report of their 
year's work and for the conference to act on these reports. 

Motion made, seconded and carried that the Rockfish Conference will be 
in session for two days at the next annual meeting and each time thereafter, 
until changed in lawful manner as set forth in our constitution. 

Invitation given by delegates from Glenwood Church for the conference 
to be held at their church next year. 

Moved, seconded and carried that the Rockfish Conference will be held 
at Glenwood Church at Rockingham, North Carolina, Friday and Saturday 
before the second Sunday in October, 1962, our Lord willing. 

Collection for Cragmont Assembly amounted to SI 0.24. 

Moved, seconded and carried to adjourn. 

Dismissed with prayer by Rev. J. D. Liles. 

Rev. J. D. Liles, Moderator 

W. H. Edwards, Secretary- Treasurer 

NOTE: There were no reports given by the standing committees, execu- 
tive board or the ordaining council at this session. To all concerned, the 
reports, in writing, should be given for the conference in session to act upon 
your year's work, so the work you have performed can become official is 
necessarv. — Clerk. 



Constitution 



OF THE ROCKFISH CONFERENCE OF FREE WILL BAPTISTS 

OF NORTH CAROLINA 

From experience, we, the members of the Rockfish Conference of Free 
Will Baptists, being regularly baptized upon a profession of our faith in 
Jesus Christ, and realizing the necessity of union and fellowship among us 
as a church, and wishing to promote ourselves in state convention and national 
convention work for the salvation of souls and a greater denomination, do 
therefore ordain this constitution for our better conference government: 

Article 1 : This conference shall be called the Rockfish Conference of 
Original Free Will Baptists of North Carolina. 

Article 2: The offices of this conference shall be a moderator, vice- 
moderator, clerk and treasurer, and are to be elected for a term of two years, 
with election occurring on even years at the close of the session. 

Article 3: This conference shall be composed of delegates, elected or ap- 
pointed by the Free Will Baptist churches who are members of this confer- 
ence, and ministers, both licensed and ordained, who are members of this 
conference. 

Article 4: Each church shall be entitled to five delegates and one addi- 
tional delegate for every twenty-five members over fifty. 

Article 5: This conference shall meet once each year on Friday and Sat- 
urday before the second Sunday in October, or at such time and place as 
may be decided upon at the preceding session. 

Article 6: The churches united with this conference shall send, by the 
hands of their delegates, a full account of all work done by them during the 
conference year (October through September), and all such statistics and in- 
formation as will be interesting and helpful. 

Article 7: The executive board shall consist of three members elected 
by the conference, one for one year, one for two years and one for three years. 
The conference officials are members cx-officio of the executive board. The 
executive board shall have interim authority. 

Article 8: The conference may withdraw from any church, after investi- 
gation has been made, that becomes disorderlv or refuses to represent by let- 
ter or delegation. 

Article 9: This conference assumes no higher authority than an advisory 
council. 

Article 10: The ordination council shall consist of five ministers to be 
elected by the conference annually. The council shall select its chairman 
from these five. 

Article 1 1 : All committees shall be appointed by the committee on com- 

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mittees. The committee on committees is to be appointed by the moderator 
at the beginning of the session. 

Article 12: The Discipline of the Faith and Practices of the Original 
Free Will Baptists of North Carolina is to be used by all churches retaining 
membership in this conference. 

Article 1 3 : This conference shall in no wise interfere with the business 
of any church unless that church, being a member of this conference shall 
abuse the rights of this conference as set forth in its constitution rules or the 
Discipline of the Faith and Practices of the Original Free Will Baptists of 
North Carolina. 

Article 14: This constitution may be amended at any annual meeting 
of the conference by a two-thirds vote of the delegates and ministers attend- 
ing, providing a motion of such change has been given in writing during the 
first setting of said meeting after permanent organization. 



Rules 



Rule 1 : The ordination council, executive board and all committees must 
give a written report of their work annually to the conference. 

Rule 2: The union is to function for the sole purpose of fellowship be- 
tween our sister churches. The union shall select its own officers, meet as 
often as is agreed upon by the union in session and make reports of proceed- 
ings to the annual conference. This report of proceedings, if adopted, will be 
printed in the minutes. 

Rule 3: The chairman of each board or committee is to be the treasurer 
of its funds. 

Rule 4: The general fund is to consist of money paid to the annual con- 
ference. The amount of monev to be paid shall not be less than ten dollars 
per church. The clerk shall be expected to notify any church that fails to pay 
its ten dollars annually. 

Rule 5: Ministers wishing to unite with this conference might do so 
after being approved by the ordination council. 

Rule 6: Any person wishing to be licensed or ordained to preach the gos- 
pel must take steps as set forth in the Rules of Church Discipline. 

Rule 7: Every member wishing to speak must rise first and address the 
moderator. 

Rule 8: Any minister causing disturbance in a sister church shall be in- 
vestigated and dealt with by the ordaining council. 

Rule 9: Any church wishing to unite with the conference must first pre- 
sent itself before the executive board. After approving the church, the execu- 
tive board shall proceed to give the right hand of fellowship subject to the 
approval of the conference. 

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MINUTES 



OF THE 



Fifty-Fourth Annual Session 



OF THE 



ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 



OF THE 



Original Free Will Baptists 



HELD WITH 

MOUNT MORIAH FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Richmond County, Hamlet, North Carolina 
October 12, 1962 

AND WITH 

GLENWOOD FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Richmond County, Rockingham, North Carolina 

October 13, 1962 



Ml NUTES 



OF THE 



Fifty-Fourth Annual Session 



OF THE 



ROCKFISH CONFERENCE 



OF THE 



Original Free Will Baptists 



HELD WITH 

MOUNT MORIAH FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Richmond County, Hamlet, North Carolina 
October 12, 1962 

AND WITH 

GLENWOOD FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 

Richmond County, Rockingham, North Carolina 

October 13, 1962 



OFFICERS 
Moderator— Rev. C. T. Hall, 408 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, N. C. 
Assistant Moderator— Rev . R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, N. C. 
Secretary-Treasurer — William H. Edwards, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Hills, N. C. 

CHURCHES, CHURCH CLERKS AND ADDRESSES 
Hickory Grove — Mrs. Dorothy Sandy, Route 3, Box 376, Fayetteville, N. C. 
Sandy Grove — Mrs. Marion L. Johnson, Route 1, Hope Hills, N. C. 
Mount Moriah — Mrs. Ruth Jenkins, Route 2, Box 42, Hamlet, N. C. 

ORDAINED MINISTERS 

Rev. Steve English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Rev. C. W. Bennett, P. O. Box 291, Hope Mills, N. C. 

Rev. C. T. Hall, 408 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, N. C. 

Rev. R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, N. C. 

Rev. Angus Prevatte, 713 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford, N. C. 

ORDAINING COUNCIL 

Rev. Steve English, Chairman, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 

Rev. R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, N. C. 

Rev. C. W. Bennett, Hope Mills, N. C. 

Rev. Angus Prevatte, 713 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE BOARD 
Rev. C. T. Hall, Chairman, 408 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, N. C. 
Rev. R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, N. C. 
Mr. Jesse Lee, Route 3, Fayetteville, N. C. 
Mr. Jeremiah Budd, Route 3, Box 1064, Fayetteville, N. C. 
Mr. W. H. Edwards, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Mills, N. C. 

STANDING COMMITTEES 

Sabbath School— -Mrs. Dorothy Sandy, Route 3, Box 376, Fayetteville, N. C. 

Education — Mrs. Ruby Ross, Route 1, Hope Mills, N. C. 

Orphanage— Mr. G. H. Carver, Route 1, Box 9, Hope Mills, N. C. 

Missions— Mr. D. B. Thomas, Route 1, Parkton, N. C. 

Superannuation — Mrs. Marv Lee Hall, 408 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, 
N. C. 

Cragmont (Special) — Mrs. Stella English, Route 2, Hamlet, N. C. 



PROCEEDINGS 

Morning Session 

The fifty-fourth annual session of the Rockfish Conference of Original 
Free Will Baptists of North Carolina met with Mount Moriah Free Will 
Baptist Church, Route 2, Hamlet. North Carolina, October 12, 1962. 

The session opened at 10 a.m. with singing by the congregation. Songs: 
"Glory to His Name" and "Amazing Grace." 

Prayer by Rev. R. T. Sanderson. 

Song: "Sweet By and By." 

Devotional by Rev. Steve English, reading from the Twenty-third Psalm. 

Welcome address by Rev. Angus Prevatte, pastor of Mount Moriah 
church. 

Reading of the minutes of the last session by the clerk. Moved and 
carried to accept minutes as read. 

Roll call of ministers. Those present were Revs. Steve English, J. D. 
Liles, R. L. Clark, R. T. Sanderson, and Angus Prevatte. 

Visiting ministers were Rev. Thomas Murray, Newton, North Carolina; 
Rev. Jesse Benoit, Hamlet, North Carolina; and Rev. C. D. Watkins, Dunn, 
North Carolina. 

Call for church letters. Churches reporting were Sandy Grove, Hick- 
ory Grove, and Mount Moriah. 

The following churches reported but later withdrew their letters: Glen- 
wood, Highland Pines, Bethlehem, and Mount Calvary. (Glenwood re- 
ported the second day.) 

Moved and carried to accept the letters of the churches desiring to re- 
main in the Rockfish Conference affiliated with the North Carolina State 
Convention of Free Will Baptists. 

Discussion of business at hand was pertaining to which group of Free 
Will Baptists at the state level would the Rockfish Conference remain af- 
filiated with. 

Motion made and carried to table the matter until the second day when 
more of the people concerned were apt to be present. 

Worship hour. Song: "The Nail-Scarred Hand." Sermon by Rev. R. 
L. Clark; text, Matthew 5. 

Song by Congregation: "Face to Face." 

Dismissed by Rev. Jesse Benoit. 

Afternoon Session 

Reassembled at 1:00 p.m. with the congregation singing "Leaning on 
the Everlasting Arms" and "Tell It to Jesus." 
Prayer by Everett Taylor. 
Solo by Rev. R. T. Sanderson. 

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Devotional by Rev. R. T. Sanderson; John, chapter 3. 
Congregational song, "Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone." 

Rev. Carey D. Watkins gave a very short talk concerning the reasons 
for the formation of the State Association known as the North Carolina 
Association of Free Will Baptists. 

Congregational song, "Breathe on Me." 

Moved, seconded and carried to adjourn. 

Dismissed with prayer by Rev. C. D. Watkins. 

SECOND DAY 

Morning Session 

Congregational songs, "There is Power in the Blood" and "I'll Be Sat- 
isfied." 

Prayer by Rev. Paul Brown. 

Song, "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder." 

Devotional by Rev. R. L. Clark; Psalm, chapter 20. 

Congregational song, "Rescue the Perishing." 

Welcome address, Rev. Paul Brown. 

Roll call of ministers; those present were Revs. Steve English, J. D. 
Lile, R. L. Clark, Paul Brown, Charles Maness, R. T. Sanderson, Angus 
Prevatte, C. T. Hall. 

Reading of yesterday's minutes. 

Moved, seconded and carried to accept minutes. 

Rev. Angus Prevatte delivered the 11:00 message. 
The constitution and bylaws were read by the clerk. 

Motion was made to join the North Carolina Association of Free Will 
Baptists. The reason given for the motion was that the North Carolina 
State Convention no longer believed in church autonomy and the North 
Carolina Association did. The people opposing this motion believes that 
the argument made was groundless, and even if the story was true, they did 
not want to forsake various programs of the State Convention such as the 
Children's Home and Superannuation, etc. 

Vote on the above motion resulted in the following count: standing 
vote, 13 for and 12 against. 

At 10:45 the moderator declared a recess. 

Worship hour at 11:00 a.m. 

Congregational song, "I Am Bound for the Promised Land." 

Message by Rev. Angus Prevatte, using as his text, Matthew, chapter 24. 

Song, "Near the Cross." 

Dismissed for lunch by Rev. Jesse Benoit. 



Afternoon Session 

Congregational song, "Revive Us Again." 

Special singing bv Alex Brown and group, "What a Dav that Will Be" 
and "God Will Wipe Away All Tears." 

Results of the voting on the motion made in the morning session caused 
the delegates who were against the motion to leave. 

Rev. Charles Maness suggested that a meeting of all concerned be held 
at Highland Pines, November 3, 1962. 

Motion made, seconded and carried that the meeting suggested be held 
at Highland Pines, November 3, 1962, and for the clerk to notify all con- 
cerned. 

Congregational song, "The Solid Rock." 

Prayer by Rev. R. T. Sanderson. 

A trio rendered special music. 

Moved, seconded and carried to adjourn. 

Dismissed with prayer by Mrs. Charlotte Steen. 

The members of Sandy Grove and Hickory Grove churches, with a let- 
ter from the clerk of Mount Moriah church, indicated that the people of 
Mount Moriah church wished to remain with the North Carolina State 
Convention of Free Will Baptists as did the people of Sandy Grove and 
Hickory Grove churches did, meet together at Sandy Grove church, Route 
2, St. Pauls, North Carolina, to elect officers and to attend to business as 
they deemed necessary. 

Proceedings, October 20, 1962 

Morning Session 

Congregational songs, "The Kingdom is Coming" and "When I See 
the Blood." 

Prayer by Rev. C. T. Hall. 

Devotional by Rev. R. T. Sanderson; Galatians, chapter 6. 

Election of officers. (See officers.) 

Moved, seconded and carried that the Rockfish Conference remain 
affiliated with the North Carolina State Convention of Original Free Will 
Baptists. 

The following delegates were elected to attend the next session of the 
State Convention: Revs. C. T. Hall, R. T. Sanderson and Mr. W. H. Ed- 
wards. 

Expenses are to be paid by the Rockfish Conference, to be assured that 
the conference would be represented. 

Collection for Children's Home amounted to $11. 

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The remainder of the services held was devoted to preaching and sing- 
ing, also a wonderful dinner outdoors was provided by the host church. 

The messages were delivered by Revs. R. T. Sanderson and Steve Eng- 
lish. 

Moved, seconded and carried to adjourn at 2:30 p.m. 
Dismissed with prayer. 

HIGHLAND PINES, NOVEMBER 3, 1962 

Results of a meeting held at Highland Pines church, Route 2, Hamlet, 
North Carolina, November 3, 1962, were as follows: 

Glenwood church, Mt. Calvary church, Bethlehem church, and High- 
land Pines voted to join the North Carolina Association of Free Will Bap- 
tists, through membership in the Piedmont Association of the same state 
body. 

Motion made by Rev. Jesse Benoit that the clerk return the money that 
each church who was leaving the Rockfish Conference sent by its delegates 
to the regular annual session in October, 1962. 

Motion carried. 

Money was returned to the churches concerned on November 3, 1962. 

Moved, seconded and carried to sell the mimeograph machine belong- 
ing to the Rockfish Conference. The money obtained from sale to be divid- 
ed among the churches as follows: Sandy Grove, Hickory Grove, and Mount 
Moriah. To be sent to the clerk of Rockfish Conference for the following 
churches: Glenwood, Mt. Calvary, Bethlehem, and Highland Pines. 

Committee appointed to sell the mimeograph machine was Rev. Paul 
Brown, Route 2, Rockingham, North Carolina; Rev. Charles Maness, 123 
W. Martin St., Wadesboro, North Carolina. 

Moved, seconded and carried to adjourn. 

The fifty-fifth annual session of the Rockfish Conference will convene 
with Sandy Grove church, Route 2, St. Pauls, Robeson County, North Caro- 
lina. The Lord willing, on Saturdav before the second Sundav in October, 
1963; and on October 12, 1963. 

Rev. C. T. Hall, Moderator 

W. H. Edwards, Clerk 



CHURCH LETTERS 

Called for church letters. Churches reporting were as follows: 
Mount Moriah — To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists 
when convened with Mount Moriah Free Will Baptist Church at Hamlet, 
North Carolina, October 12, 13, 1962. We send as delegates our beloved 
brethren: Roy Johnson, Jerry Budd, and W. H. Edwards, whom we pray you 
to receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. 

Statistics: state of religion, good; members received past year, 4; bap- 
tized, 4; dismissed, 0; died, 0; total membership, 50; condition of prayer 
meeting, 0; condition of Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 60; 
number of officers, 3; number of teachers, 4. 

Finances: paid pastor, S 529; paid evangelist, 0; home mission, $121.39; 
utilities, S95.4S: building and repairs, S2 34.79; conf. and unions, $16; for 
publication, S 50; enclosed for minutes, S10; superannuation, $15. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. C. T. Hall, 408 Cedar Creek 
Rd., Fayetteville, North Carolina; Rev. R. T. Sanderson, Lumberton, North 
Carolina; Rev. C. W. Bennett, Hope Mills, North Carolina. 

Pastor's Name, Rev. C. T. Hall, 408 Cedar Creek Rd., Fayetteville, 
North Carolina. 

Done by order of Sandy Grove Free Will Baptist Church assembled in 
conference October 6, 1962. 

Rev. C. T. Hall, Moderator 

Marion L. Johnson, Clerk 

Mount Moriah — To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists 
when convened with the Mount Moriah church at Hamlet, North Carolina, 
October 12. 13, 1962. We send as delegates our beloved brethren, Avey 
Jane Lee, Jesse W. Lee, Lebron Lee, Edna Lee, and Clarence Lee, whom we 
pray you to receive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. 

Statistics: state of religion, good; members received past year, 2; bap- 
tized, 0; dismissed, 1; died, 0; total membership, 45; condition of prayer 
meeting, none; condition of Sunday school, good; average number of pupils, 
40; number of officers, 2; number of teachers, 4. 

Finances: paid pastor, S300; paid evangelist, none; home mission, $100; 
building and repairs, S60; for publication, $50; enclosed for minutes, $10. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. Hamp Wallace, Route 1, Box 
404, Wadesboro, North Carolina. 

Pastor's name: Rev. C. T. Hall, Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

Done by order of Hickory Grove Free Will Baptist Church assembled 
in conference October 7, 1962. 

Rev. C. T. Hall, Moderator 

Mrs. Dorothy Sandy, Clerk 

Mount Moriah — To the Rockfish Conference of Free Will Baptists 
when convened with Mount Moriah Free Will Baptist Church at Hamlet, 



North Carolina, October 12, 1962. We send as delegates our beloved sis- 
ters: Mrs. Ruth Jenkins and Mrs. Stella Hodges, whom we pray you to re- 
ceive to sit with you in your godly deliberations. 

Statistics: condition of Sunday school, good; state of religion, good; 
average attendance, 20; died, none; total membership, 25; number officers, 
4; number teachers, 3. 

Finances: paid pastor, SI 38.58; building and repairs, $35; publication, 
S21; superannuatian, S10; enclosed for minutes, $5. 

Ministers belonging to our church: Rev. R. L. Clark, Hamlet, North 
Carolina; Angus Prevatte, 713 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford, North Carolina. 

Done bv order of Mount Moriah church when assembled in conference 
October 7, 1962. 

R. L. Clark, Moderator 
Ruth Jenkins, Clerk 



Constitution 

OF THE ROCKFISH CONFERENCE OF FREE WILL BAPTISTS 

OF NORTH CAROLINA 

From experience, we, the members of the Rockfish Conference of Free 
Will Baptists, being regularly baptized upon a profession of our faith in 
Jesus Christ, and realizing the necessity of union and fellowship among us 
as a church, and wishing to promote ourselves in state convention and na- 
tional convention work for the salvation of souls and a greater denomination, 
do therefore ordain this constitution for our better conference government: 

Article 1 : This conference shall be called the Rockfish Conference of 
Original Free Will Baptists of North Carolina. 

Article 2: The offices of this conference shall be a moderator, vice- 
moderator, clerk and treasurer, and are to be elected for a term of two years, 
with election occurring on even years at the close of the session. 

Article 3: This conference shall be composed of delegates, elected or ap- 
pointed by the Free Will Baptist churches who are members of this confer- 
ence, and ministers, both licensed and ordained, who are members of this 
conference. 

Article 4: Each church shall be entitled to five delegates and one addi- 
tional delegate for every twenty-five members over fifty. 

Article 5: This conference shall meet once each year on Friday and Sat- 
urday before the second Sunday in October, or at such time and place as 
may be decided upon at the preceding session. 

Article 6: The churches united with this conference shall send, by the 
hands of their delegates, a full account of all work done by them during the 
conference vear (October through September), and all such statistics and in- 
formation as will be interesting and helpful. 

Article 7: The executive board shall consist of three members elected 
by the conference, one for one year, one for two years and one for three years. 
The conference officials are members ex-officio of the executive board. The 
executive board shall have interim authority. 

Article 8: The conference may withdraw from any church, after investi- 
gation has been made, that becomes disorderly or refuses to represent by let- 
ter or delegation. 

Article 9: This conference assumes no higher authority than an advisory 
council. 

Article 10: The ordination council shall consist of five ministers to be 
elected by the conference annually. The council shall select its chairman 
from these five. 

Article 11: All committees shall be appointed by the committee on com- 
mittees. The committee on committees is to be appointed by the modera- 
tor at the beginning of the session. 



Article 12: The discipline of the Faith and Practices of the Original 
Free Will Baptists of North Carolina is to be used by all churches retaining 
membership in this conference. 

Article 1 3 : This conference shall in no wise interfere with the business 
of any church unless that church, being a member of this conference shall 
abuse the rights of this conference as set forth in its constitution rules or the 
Discipline of the Faith and Practices of the Original Free Will Baptists of 
North Carolina. 

Article 14: This constitution may be amended at any annual meeting 
of the conference by a two-thirds vote of the delegates and ministers attend- 
ing, providing a motion of such change has been given in writing during 
the first setting of said meeting after permanent organization. 

Rules 

Rule 1 : The ordination council, executive board and all committees 
must give a written report of their work annually to the conference. 

Rule 2: The union is to function for the sole purpose of fellowship be- 
tween our sister churches. The union shall select its own officers, meet as 
often as is agreed upon by the union in session and make reports of proceed- 
ings to the annual conference. This report of proceedings, if adopted, will 
be printed in the minutes. 

Rule 3 : The chairman of each board or committee is to be the treasurer 
of its funds. 

Rule 4: The general fund is to consist of money paid to the annual 
conference. The amount of money to be paid shall not be less than ten 
dollars per church. The clerk shall be expected to notify any church that 
fails to pay its ten dollars annually. 

Rule 5: Ministers wishing to unite with this conference might do so 
after being approved by the ordination council. 

Rule 6: Any person wishing to be licensed or ordained to preach the 
gospel must take steps as set forth in the Rules of Church Discipline. 

Rule 7: Every member wishing to speak must rise first and address the 
moderator. 

Rule 8: Any minister causing disturbance in a sister church shall be in- 
vestigated and dealt with by the ordaining council. 

Rule 9: Any church wishing to unite with the conference must first pre- 
sent itself before the executive board. After approving the church, the 
executive board shall proceed to give the right hand of fellowship subject to 
the approval of the conference. 



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